The Federation of Nepali Journalists, which represents Nepali journalists, has elected a new executive board for the next three years.
On Saturday, the results of the nationwide elections, which took place on Wednesday, were announced in Kathmandu.
Bipul Pokhrel will serve as president of the federation, while Roshan Puri will serve as general secretary, according to the results. Ramesh Bista will serve as the committee’s vice-president, while Bala Adhikari and Udaya GM will serve as vice-presidents.
Meanwhile, the secretaries have been elected: Govinda Chaulagain, Srijana Aryal, Narayan Kilambu, and Pawan Acharya. The treasurer and accounts committee coordinator, respectively, are Kalendra Sejuwal and Lekha Nath Neupane.
Pokhrel received 6,942 votes to beat Nirmala Sharma (3,915 votes) and Gajendra Budhathoki in a race with over 13,000 votes for each spot (491 votes).
The current political turbulence in the country has had a strong effect on the elections. Pokhrel received support from journalists affiliated with opposition parties such as the Nepali Congress and the CPN-Maoist Centre, as well as the CPN-Madhav UML’s Kumar Nepal group. With the exception of one member, the anti-government camp won every seat on the central committee.
Meanwhile, Sharma was backed by the CPN-UML group headed by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s supporters.
Budhathoki and a few other journalists had filed candidacies on their own, vowing to end the federation’s long history of political involvement, but they were unsuccessful.