CAN

78 political parties do not get at least 10,000 votes in pr election

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Kathmandu, Nov. 29- Although some new political parties are registered in the Election Commission along with 10,000 signatures in the election to the second Constituent Assembly, they have not received votes equal to the number of signatures.
The EC had demanded applications with 10,000 signatures from new political parties for their participation in the CA election held on November 19.
The new political parties had submitted the applications with the signatures at EC. The EC had carried out investigation on the signatures and gave permission to 122 political parties to participate in the proportional election system. In the beginning, 124 parties were registered for the participation in proportional election system under the CA election.
But unfortunately, as many as 44 political parties, out of the parties participating in the proportional election system, have only received more than 10,000 votes.The remaining 78 political parties received less than 10,000 votes.
The party securing the lowest votes is the Nepal Janata Dal. It has obtained 996 votes.
Various questions are now being raised among intellectual circles whether the signatures submitted by such political parties were false or signature holders did not cast votes in favour of those parties or cast votes in favour of other political parties, or situation has arisen to review the proportional election system.
According to preliminary data of EC, a total of 9,457,844 were cast in proportional election this time. It was around 77.8 per cent out of the total voters and it was around three per cent more than votes cast in the first-past-the-post election.
The per cent of votes cast this year is also the highest per cent in the election history of Nepal where 12,147,865 were total voters in this CA election.The EC would distribute the 335 seats by using vote dividing formula. Around 10,000 candidates of 122 political parties are in election ground towards the proportional election system.
The EC would declare the seats to the respective parties within a few days. Out of 56 political parties participating in the proportional election in the first CA, only 25 parties had got opportunity to join the CA.As per the preliminary data of the result of direct and proportional election, it has been seen that there would be representation of only 31 political parties in this CA. The 31 parties have received around 8,956,656 votes towards proportional election.
As per the preliminary estimate of vote dividing formula, the Nepali Congress would get highest 91 members in the CA towards proportional election. It has obtained 2,421,252 votes. The NC would get 196 seats in total and it would be the largest party in the CA. It was in the second position in the first CA by getting 115 members.
Similarly, the CPN (UML) would get 84 seats by getting 2,243,477 votes in the proportional election. It would get a total of 175 seats including 91 of the direct election and would be in the second position. The CPN (UML) had only 108 members and was in the third position in the first CA.
Likewise, the UCPN (Maoist) which was in the first position in the first CA, has declined to third position. It has got 1,438,666 votes in the proportional election. The party would get 80 seats including 44 seats from proportional election in this CA. It had 220 members in the previous CA.
The Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) would be in the fourth position.The party, which did not get victory in any seats towards first-past-the-post election, has received 624,281 votes towards proportional election and would have 23 members in the CA. The Madhesi Janadhikar Forum Nepal was standing in the fourth position in the first CA.
The MJF-Democratic and Rastriya Prajatantra Party each would get 10 seats, MJF-Nepal–eight, Tarai Madhes Loktantrik Party–seven, Sadbhawana Party, CPN (ML) and Federal Socialist Party five seats each, as per the vote dividing formula under preliminary estimate.
As many as 11 political parties would only get a single CA member, two political parties each would have four seats in CA and four political parties each would have three members each, it is learnt.