Santabir Lama has been elected president of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
Lama edged his competitor Zimba Zangbu Sherpa by 76 votes. While Lama got 383 votes, Sherpa could muster 316 votes.
Lama is the incumbent 1st vice president, while Sherpa is the immediate past president of the association.
Similarly, Dibash Bikram Shah and Maya Sherpa, both from Lama panel, have been elected to the post of 1st vice president and 2nd vice president, respectively. Shah defeated Bhumilal Lama, while Sherpa got better of Ngimi Sherpa of Zimba’s panel.
However, Kul Bahadur Gurung from Zimba’s panel has been elected to the post of general secretary. He defeated his opponent Bodhraj Bhandari of Lama panel by 100 votes.
Candidates of Lama panel have been elected to the post of secretary and treasurer. Tikaram Gurung and Sudarshan Neupane have been elected to the post of secretary and treasurer, respectively.
Four candidates from Zimba panel, and five from Lama panel have been elected to the post of Executive Committee Members. Dr Hari Prasad Shrestha, Ang Chhewang Sherpa, Da Gyaljen Shpera and Tulsi Gurung have been elected to the post of executive members from Zimba’s panel, while Pasang Tendi Sherpa, Singi Lama, Mingmar Sherpa, Binaya Shakya and Sanjeev Gurung have been elected Executive Members from Lama panel.
The newly elected executive committee will have term of three years.
A total of 756 votes were cast in the election for the executive committee held on Saturday.