Nepal

Nepali Congress and Communist Party (Maoists) come out on top in CA poll


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Counting for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly election which took place last Tuesday 19th November is still ongoing but a picture is now emerging.

Nepal’s oldest party, the Nepali Congress (NC) has won 105 of the 240 seats which are directly elected to the Constituent Assembly; that is up from 37 seats in the 2008 election. The Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) has come second with 91 seats up from 33 seats in 2008 and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) (UCPN-M) has won just 25 seats down from 120 seats in 2008.

In the proportional part of the election the NC and CPN-UML also appear to be doing better than in 2008 with the UCPN-M losing out once more. With 125 of the 335 seats counted for the proportional tally the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (CPN-UML) lead with 27.12% of the vote, up from their 20.33% in 2008. The Nepali Congress (NC) are on 26.45% up from 21.14% in 2008 whilst the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) (UCPN-M) has dropped from 29.28% in 2008 to 16.11% in the partial tally.

The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) (UCPN-M) is reported to have withdrawn from the remainder of the count and is also reported to have said that it will boycott the new Constituent Assembly when it is convened.

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