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Nepal: UN Still Awaiting Final Results For Polls

Nepal: UN still awaiting final results for historic Constituent Assembly polls

25 April 2008 - The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) said it is still awaiting the final results of the recent Constituent Assembly polls, while the country's Election Commission today announced that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) has won 100 of the 335 seats under the proportional representation system.

The Commission, which has been tabulating the results from the 10 April polls, added that the Nepali Congress and United Marxist-Leninist party received 73 and 70 seats, respectively. The fourth and fifth largest share of seats went to two parties based in the country's Terai region in the south.

According to UNMIN, this does not yet constitute the "final results" as stipulated in the Interim Constitution, which will only be announced by the Election Commission once parties have finalized their representatives and the Commission has signed off on these.

Once the Commission announces the final results of the election, the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly must take place within 21 days, the Mission added.

The Assembly will be tasked with drawing up a new constitution for the country, which has emerged from a decade-long civil war that claimed an estimated 13,000 lives before the Government and Maoist rebels signed a peace accord in 2006.

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