Nepal’s parliament on Saturday started the process to elect the country’s second president and vice-president----a month after the Himalayan nation adopted a new Constitution.
As per the new statute, elections to the posts of the president and his deputy should be completed within a month after promulgation of the constitution.
Newly elected Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar announced the schedule for the election on Saturday during the first session of parliament after Dashain break.
Election to both posts will take place on October 28 if political parties fail to select candidates through consensus till Sunday.
Several names including that of incumbent President Ram Baran Yadav, who became Nepal’s first head of state in 2008 after monarchy was abolished, is doing the rounds for the top post.
It is expected that the ruling coalition will put forward their own candidates and the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, will field candidates with support from some Madhesi parties.
Madhesi parties which had boycotted the Constitution process during the final stages over disagreement in demarcation of states had voted for Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala during this month’s election for the prime minister’s post.
Koirala was defeated by former coalition partner Khadga Prasad Oli who won with support from over a dozen parties including Maoists and one major party from Madhes.