When voting finally took place late Monday, UCPN (Maoist) candidate Pushpa Kamal Dahal obtained 259 votes from the 581 members present in the house, up from the 241 votes he had obtained in the second round of voting. CPN (Marxist and Leninist), Nepal Peasants and Workers Party, and a few small parties voted for Dahal but he fell short of the required 301 votes for a simple majority to form a government. 114 members voted against him and 208 opted for 'no-voting'.
NC candidate Ram Chandra Poudel received 124 votes in his favour from the 556 members who were present, the same number he had received last time around. 246 lawmakers voted against him and 186 did not vote for or against.
Voting, scheduled for 4pm, was delayed by five hours as the Madhesi alliance held internal meetings to decide whether to support any candidate, and the UCPN (Maoist) tried to convince fringe parties.
The Madhesi alliance decided to stay neutral in the end, saying the written commitments offered by both the UCPN (Maoist) and the NC did not address its demands for an autonomous Madhes province with the right to self-determination and mass recruitment of Madhesis into the Nepal Army. Despite MJF President Upendra Yadav being in support of voting for the Maoists, other parties in the alliance were opposed to doing so.
The next election has been scheduled for Thursday, 5 August.