KATHMANDU, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Nanda Bahadur Pun was re-elected as the vice president of Nepal for a second term, the Election Commission announced on Sunday.
Pun was declared the unopposed winner of the vice-presidential election since he was the only candidate for the post, a spokesman from the Election Commission said in an official press statement.
Nepal's Election Commission said on Friday that the vice presidential election would be held on March 23. However, the commission announced incumbent Vice President Pun the unopposed winner of the vice presidential election on Sunday as he was the only candidate for the post and no complaints were registered against him.
The left alliance, in which the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Leninist) and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) are key parties, proposed Pun as the candidate for the post of vice president.
The Main opposition in the Parliament, the Nepali Congress, did not field candidacy for the post until Saturday, the day set by the Election Commission to file the nomination for the vice presidential election.
If there were two or more than two candidates in the fray, the Election Commission would have held the vice presidential election on March 23 as scheduled earlier.
"Since Pun was the only candidate, there was no need to hold the formal voting at the parliament to pick the new vice president," the spokesman told media.
The vice president-elect will take oath of office on Monday, authorities said
Pun, a standing committee member of the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), was first elected as the vice president of Nepal in November 2015.
Earlier last week, Bidhya Devi Bhandari was re-elected as the country's president for a second term.