Ram Sahaya Yadav has been elected as the third Vice-President of Nepal.
In the election held at the Lhotse Hall of Parliament building in New Baneshwor on Friday, Janata Samajbadi Party leader Yadav was elected as the Vice-President.
He was elected as the Vice-President defeating Astha Laxmi Shakya of the CPN-UML and Mamata Jha of the Janata Samajbadi Party.
Out of 52,628 weightage-based votes, Yadav secured 30, 328 votes while his closest contender Shakya garnered 16, 328 votes. Similarly, Jha obtained 2, 537 votes.
Yadav was supported by ruling coalition parties—Nepali Congress, CPN (Maoist Center), CPN (Unified Socialist), Janata Samajbadi Party, Janamat Party and Rastriya Janamorcha Party.
According to the Election Commission, out of 332 voters of federal Parliament and 550 voters of Province Assembly, 829 cast their votes.
The weightage of a vote cast by a member of federal Parliament was equivalent to 79 whereas the weightage of a vote cast by a PA member was equivalent to 48.
The Election Officer’s office said that 53 lawmakers were absent in the election.
A total of 42 lawmakers of Rastriya Prajatantra Party and four of Nepal Workers and Peasants Party did not cast their votes.
Two types of ballot papers were printed for the election. The ballot for the federal Parliament members was of red color while it was of green color for the Province Assembly members.
The Vice-President shall be assigned to look after affairs in the absence of the President. The tenure of the Vice-President is five years.
Parmananda Jha was elected as the first Vice-President of Nepal in 2008 while Nanda Bahadur Pun from the UCPN (Maoist) was elected as the second Vice- President of the country in November 2015.
Who is Vice-President elect Ram Sahaya Yadav?
Ram Sahaya Yadav was born on July 24, 1970.
He started his political career from the Nepal Sadhbhawana Party.
Yadav was elected as a member of the first Constituent Assembly in 2007.
He became the General Secretary of the Federal Socialist Party formed after the unification of Madhesi Janadhikari Forum Nepal and Federal Socialist Party in 2015.
Yadav, who was seriously injured during the Madhes Movement in 2015, was elected as a member of the House of Representatives from Bara-2 in 2017.
He also became the General Secretary of the Samajbadi Party formed after the unification of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal and Naya Shakti Party in 2018.
Yadav, who was appointed as the Minister for Forest and Environment in 2021, was re-elected as a member of the House of Representatives from Bara-2 in 2022.