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Anirban Roy, Hindustan Times
Kathmandu, April 15, 2008
After registering a landslide victory in the first-past-the-post system of the Constituent Assembly poll, Nepal’s Maoists are leading in the proportional system as well. Initial reports of counting of the proportional system said the Maoists have secured over 32 per cent votes under the proportional system, and are far ahead of the Nepali Congress (22.5 per cent) and Communist Party of Nepal (UML), which secured 21.5 per cent.

In the direct election, the Maoists have won 116 of the 212 constituencies where counting is over, while the Nepali Congress has won in 33 constituencies. The CPN (UML) won 29 seats.

Re-polling was conducted on Tuesday in 21 constituencies in Saptari, Sarlahi, Chitwan and Rautahat districts. The results of the remaining 27 constituencies are likely to be announced on Wednesday, Election Commission (EC) officials, said.

The process of counting for both the first-past-the-post system and the proportional system would be completed by April 22, EC officials said.

Though the Maoists said they would have a coalition government with other partners of the Seven Party Alliance, the CPN (UML) has made clear it would not be part of the new government and their ministers in the interim government are likely to resign soon.

The Maoists have been insisting on a coalition government to ensure a better consensus in writing the new constitution. Even Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala had been in favour of a coalition government to ensure stability.

Toeing the CPN (UML)’s move, Nepali Congress leaders are now engaged in consultation whether to be in the new government or not.