Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly election, 2007


Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly election, 2007

On 30 September 2007 an election for a Constituent Assembly was held in Ecuador following the referendum on this issue successfully held on 15 April 2007. 130 delegates were elected: 24 members from national lists, 100 representing the provinces and six for emigrants living outside Ecuador. [http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID={A1BF8F61-D39F-411E-91C4-32010BC8E388})&language=EN]

Due to the extraordinarly large number of candidates and lists (26 national lists, 428 provincial lists, 44 emigrant lists) the election was the most complex in Ecuador's history. [ [http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID={981FAAFE-F339-40C9-AB24-52477825B386})&language=EN "Ecuador to Hold Most Complex Elections in History"] , Prensa Latina, September 17, 2007.] Although polls indicated that Correa's PAIS Alliance would win a plurality in the election, but not a majority, [http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/28285/correa_allies_nowhere_near_majority_in_ecuador] PAIS won a landslide victory, winning at least 72 of the 130 seats, giving the party the power to dismiss Congress and make the substantial constitutional reforms for which Correa has been calling. [http://www.eluniverso.com/2007/10/02/0001/1/graficos/F685C4893D734CA5A42F4AB7B1228050.aspx] PAIS won all six foreign seats. [http://www.elcomercio.com/noticiaEC.asp?id_noticia=144627&id_seccion=3]

The Constituent Assembly was to be be set up on 31 October 2007, and from then it will have six months (with a possible extension of two months) to draft a new constitution, which will then have to be ratified in a referendum. [ [http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/6275310.html "Ecuadorans vote for Constituent Assembly"] , Xinhua ("People's Daily Online"), October 1, 2007.] However, the installation of the Assembly was delayed to 29 November 2007 [ [http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/view/28978/correas_approval_soars_after_vote_in_ecuador Correa’s Approval Soars After Vote in Ecuador: Angus Reid Global Monitor ] ] due to delays in the official proclamation of the final result.

Note that some of the provincial seats were won by coalitions of parties running separately on the national slate; due to different distributions of these joint Assembly members, reports on the number of seats won by each party may vary from source to source.

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