Kathmandu, Jan 27 - As the deadline for the candidates to register for the upcoming municipal elections ended Thursday evening, nominations were filed for less then one-fourth of the total seats of the municipalities across the country.
Candidates have filed their registration in only about 1000 of the total 4146 posts in the 58 municipalities across the country.
236 mayoral candidates, 192 deputy mayoral candidates, 706 ward chairman candidates and 1943 ward member candidates have filed their registrations, the Election Commission informed in the late evening .
About one third of the total candidates who registered for the polls today are expected to be elected unopposed, including mayoral candidates in six municipalities.
Ten persons have filed their candidacy for the post of Mayor in the Kathmandu Metropolis while eight have filed for the post of deputy mayor. However, some of the wards of the Kathmandu Metropolis have remained vacant as nobody filed their registrations.
The Election Commission did not provide the name list of the ward chairmen candidates of Kathmandu.
Four persons filed their candidacy for the post of mayor in Lalitpur Sub-Metropolis while seven filed for the post of deputy mayor.
In Kirtipur, three mayoral candidates and one deputy mayoral candidate filed their candidacy.
Amidst tight security, the political activists from the alliance chanted anti-election slogans around the Election Commission in the capital today.
Four candidates have registered the mayoral candidacy for the Madhyapur Thimi Municipality.
In Bhaktapur Municipality, just a single nomination for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor each were filed today, while five mayoral and two deputy mayoral candidates offered their candidacy at Thimi Municipality.
A possible candidate carrying a flag with a pro-republican slogan was barred from filing his candidacy in Bhaktapur.
In Biratnagar, All together 30 people have filed their candidacy for the posts of ward chairperson in Biratnagar, according to our correspondent.
In Pokhara Sub-Metorpolis, six persons filed their candidacy for the post of mayor while only one person offered his candidacy for the post of deputy mayor. Seven of the total 18 wards of the Pokhara Sub-Metropolis are without any candidates.
Our Baglung correspondent reports two persons each have offered their candidacy for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor in the Baglung Municipality.
Reports from Dang say two mayoral candidates filed their candidacy at Tribhuvan Municipality while three candidates offered their candidacy for the post of mayor at Tulsipur Municipality.
Likewise, four persons each filed for the post of mayor at Itahari and Siddartha Nagar municipalities while at Dharan and Bharatpur municipalities five persons each filed their candidacies.
The Chief Election Commissioner said that the Commission is planning to bring a new registration programme for the vacant posts of the municipalities