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Prerana Marasini

KATHMANDU: The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoists) has won 100 seats — the highest by any party — under the Proportional Representation (PR) system. The party secured the seats on the basis of the number of votes cast for its candidates.

A total of 31,44,204 votes were cast for 333 contenders. The Election Commission announced the final results on Friday. Fifty-four political parties had participated in the PR system, of which only 25 secured seats.

Now, these parties will draft the new Constitution once the coalition government is formed.

Trailing behind the Maoists were the two major parties of Nepal — the Nepali Congress and Nepal Communist Party (UML), with 73 and 70 seats respectively.

Election Commission chief Bhoj Raj Pokharel congratulated the parties and asked them to submit the “closed list” of the winning candidates within a week.

The list should include women, Madhesis, indigenous and marginalised community, he said.

Earlier, in the first-past-the-post system, the Maoists emerged victorious with 120 seats.

The winning candidates will attend the first Constituent Assembly meeting, which is likely to be held in the last week of May.


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