Kathmandu, Jul 22: Nepal poll for Premier would be held again on Friday, Jul 23 as the two candidates- Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda) and Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Paudel who contested the prime ministerial election on Wednesday, Jul 21 did not win a simple majority to lead a new government. The voting was held in the parliament.
Prachanda, the chairman of the largest political party got 242 votes, which was five more than the total number of seats. The parliamentary party leader of the second largest party, Mr Paudel secured 124 votes which was 10 more than the number of his party seats, reports The Hindu.
The candidate must acquire a simple majority of 300 votes from the 599 Constituent Assembly members to be announced as the winner, as per the interim constitution.
Subhas Candra Nembag, the Constituent Assembly Chairman said that the proposals to elect Prachanda and Paudel were 'reject3ed by the majority'.
CPN (UML) Chairman Jhalanath Khanal's name was proposed but later it was withdraw according to his party's earlier decision that he would contest only when a two-thirds majority or 401 signatures to support his nomination were received. Madhav Kumar Nepal, Prime Minister who had proposed Khanal's name withdrew the proposal as 401 votes were unlikely to get.