The campaign for the election of both president and vice president ended on July 18, Friday evening. 594 Constituent Assembly members are eligible to vote in the election for the president and vice president. Maoists' candidate Ramraja Prasad Singh, 74, of the Nava Janawadi Morcha, is likely to win the election as he is also backed by three Madhesi parties.
Singh, who did his Master's degree (Law) from Delhi University, was arrested in 1985 for throwing a small bomb at parliament as part of an anti-royal protest.
Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist), the second and third largest parties, have fielded Ram Baran Yadav and Ram Prit Paswan respectively for the president's post.
The Maoists have 226 seats in the Constituent Assembly and with the support of Madhesi parties, which have 86 parliamentarians.
Singh is likely to get at least 314 votes against the magic number of 298 required to win the election in the Constituent Assembly.