Nepalese Constituent Assembly election, 2008
After the first general election in Nepal for the past nine years to the Constituent Assembly on 10 April were after the first partial results from a total of 240 electoral districts, according to the former Maoist rebels in the lead. After counting of 22 constituencies, the Communist Party of Nepal ( Maoist ) won under the leadership of its former commander Pushpa Kamal Dahal (fighting name: Prachanda ) 12 of them. According to unofficial data were in 61 other constituencies where counting was not yet finished, the Maoists also forward. Three seats are up for Constituent Assembly won Maoist ministers of the current all-party government. The former rebel leader Prachanda won, according to the Electoral Commission with a mandate 23 277 votes in the capital Kathmandu and thus received almost twice as many votes as the runner-up. Groups of 4 to 12 on the previously counted districts went to the Nepali Congress ( NC) and the Communist Party of Nepal - United Marxist-Leninists, CPN (UML). The small workers 'and Peasants' Party ( NWPP or NMKP ) won two seats. According to the Electoral Commission, the vote because of irregularities in at least 60 of the 20,000 polling stations should be repeated.
According to current information from the Electoral Commission of 13 April go by the date fixed 81 seats in the Constituent Assembly 44 to the Maoists. 15 accounted for traded as a favorite communist party UML and 14 seats on the Nepali Congress (NC). In constituencies where counting was still running, the Maoists were having a similarly clear lead ahead.
On April 23, 2008, the Election Commission announced that after counting almost all votes the Maoists have become one with 220 seats strongest party. The absolute majority of 301 seats but they have missed. In second place with 108 seats, the Congress Party of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala. Third strongest force was the United Marxist-Leninist (UML) with 101 seats. The royalists, who fought for the preservation of the monarchy, hardly received mandates. It is expected that Maoist chief Prachanda will lead the new interim government. The Constituent Assembly is to decide, among other things, a new form of government. The Maoists are a US-style presidential system with a strong Parliament as a counterpoint to prevent that one day the monarchy is reintroduced by a different majority in parliament. The turnout was, according to the Election Commission at around 60 percent. Candidates from 57 parties competed for the 601 seats in total. 240 delegates were elected directly, 335 on electoral lists of the parties. Another 26 seats will award the reigning transitional government.