CA chair Subash Nembang announced the results of voting at 8 pm but a non-outcome was expected as the Madhesi alliance and the UML had decided to abstain from voting. Without their participation, it was impossible for either of the candidates, Pushpa Kamal Dahal of UCPN (Maoist) or Ram Chandra Poudel of NC, to secure the required majority. The UML decided to abstain from the election as it failed to garner a two-third majority for the party chairman Jhalanath Khanal for Wednesday's election. The required number for a simple majority is 301.
Maoist candidate Dahal received only 241 votes in his favour while 113 members voted against him and 221 abstained. NC candidate Ram Chandra Poudel received 123 votes in his favour. 241 lawmakers voted against him and 214 abstained. There were 572 members present in the house today.
As the top leaders engaged in negotiating deals with Madehsi and other fringe party leaders, CA members were seen chatting with each other on the lawn outside parliament all day long. The house session was delayed by seven hours.
About 200 journalists from the national and international media were seen waiting for the session to begin. Television and radio crews reached the premises at noon to organise their live broadcasts.
There will be another election on Monday between the Maoist and NC candidates, Dahal and Poudel.