NA polls: NC’s Basnet defeats UML’s Baral thru lucky draw

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BIRATNAGAR, Jan 26: Gopal Basnet, one of the three candidates fielded jointly by the five-party ruling alliance, has been elected a member of the National Assembly (NA) from Province 1 by a lucky draw. 

Nepali Congress candidate Basnet and Guru Baral of CPN-UML secured the same vote weightage of 4,488 votes in the election held on Wednesday. 

As the vote count was indecisive, the authorities decided to elect a candidate through a lucky draw as per Article 58 of the National Assembly Election Act-2017. 

Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa, a candidate of the main opposition UML and Jayanti Rai, a candidate of CPN (Unified Socialist) from the ruling alliance also secured their seats in the upper house for the next six years. 

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