Balen Shah, the independent mayoral candidate of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC), is in the lead with 53714 votes recorded thus far.
According to the most recent media reports, Shah has received 117932 votes, while his closest challenger, CPN-Keshav UML’s Sthapit, has received 6476 votes.
Similarly, the governing alliance’s Sirjana Singh received 5674 votes. The vote counting is presently ongoing at City Hall in Bhrikutimandap, with Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) candidate Madan Das Shrestha and Independent candidate Suman Sayami following behind them.
“We have information that wired fences are present at practically all counting centers to maintain security during the vote count, despite the fact that the commission has not issued any such direction,” Tulasi Shrestha, a joint secretary at the commission, told the Post. “It’s possible that the returning cops and security services chose to put up barriers.”\
Wire barriers have been erected not just in rural and isolated places, but even at the Rastriya Sabha Griha in the capital, where the Kathmandu Metropolitan City’s votes will be counted.
The walls have been constructed, according to Raju Khatiwada, chief returning officer in Kathmandu, so that counting may be done without disruption.
“When dealing with delicate matters, it is always best to take safeguards,” he told the Post.
Now that the municipal elections have concluded, all eyes are on the results. Authorities have endeavored to make the counting centers as safe as possible, using everything from wire fencing to CCTV cameras, reportedly in response to the Bharatpur counting catastrophe in 2017.
Sunita Dangol, the UML’s nominee for Deputy Mayor, leads all other contenders by a large majority.
He stated that his ambition is to become the chairman of the Kathmandu Government as well as the mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. Balen, the rapper who is now recognized as the mayor of Kathmandu among the younger generation, has stated that he will not be intimidated by others who meet him in other parts of the office, withdraw his candidacy, or perform threatening activity. He said that the people of the UML, Congress, and RPP would rally behind him, and that he was certain of victory. Balen stated that if he did not do what the people wanted, he would be stoned, and that the current scenario prevented him from doing what the existing administration desired.