KP Sharma Oli and Dr. Bhim Rawal have registered their candidacies for the post of CPN (UML) Chairman. It has been decided that an election will be held between them for the post of chairman.
Dr. Rawal, who has given his candidature for the post of chairperson under the 10th general convention of the CPN-UML in Sauraha, Chitwan, has said that his candidature will not be withdrawn.
Similarly, Ghanshyam Bhusal and Bhim Acharya, who were not included in the list of office-bearers announced last night, have also given their candidacies for the post of secretary. Apart from this, the candidature is being held for all the posts as announced earlier.
Chairman Oli and Senior Vice Chairman Ishwor Pokharel are among the office bearers announced in the closed session. Similarly, Yuvaraj Gyawali, Ashtalakshmi Shakya, Surendra Pandey, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Subash Nemwang, and Bishnu Poudel have been nominated for the post. Similarly, Shankar Pokharel is the General Secretary, Pradip Gyawali, Prithvi Subba Gurung and Bishnu Rimal are the Deputy General Secretaries and Top Bahadur Rayamajhi, Raghuvir Mahaseth, Chhavilal Bishwakarma, Lekhraj Bhatt, Yogesh Bhattarai, Gokarna Bista and Aryal are the Secretaries. All of them have given their candidacies for the election.
The Central Election Commission (CEC) has extended the deadline for nomination registration by half an hour to 10 o'clock. Earlier, the time was fixed from 8 am to 9.30 am. The preliminary list of candidates will be published at 10:30 am, said Election Commission, Chief Vijay Subba. Complaints can be lodged against the candidate from 10:30 am to 10:45 am and the complaint will be investigated and decided at 10:50 am.
Similarly, candidates will be given time to return their candidature from 11:55 am to 12 noon. The final list of candidates will be published at 12:05 pm and voting will start from 9 pm only. Voting is scheduled for 3 am, Tuesday. After the voting, counting of votes will take place.
Oli was tasked to make a unanimous effort to select the leadership in the UML from the Central Committee to the office-bearers. He presented the names of the proposed office bearers and the central committee on Sunday night. He read out the names of 19 office bearers and 301 central members. Oli has added a central member, including most of the former central committee members.