Elections were held in Nepal for a new assembly to complete the long-delayed constitution. The voter turnout was reportedly high and voting was largely peaceful although three people were hurt in a bomb blast in Kathmandu. The election was the second since a 10-year Maoist revolt ended in 2006. The previous assembly, elected in 2008 after the overthrow of the monarchy, failed in its task of coming up with a new constitution.
An interim government was formed earlier this year by Nepal's major parties. Led by the Supreme Court Chief Justice, Khilraj Regmi, this interim government oversaw the elections. A group of opposition parties, led by a Maoist faction, boycotted the polling. It wanted a new government with representation from all the political parties to conduct elections at a later date.
More than 100 parties contested, including the three major ones, the Maoists, the Nepali Congress and the Unified Marxist- Leninist. Among the more than 16,000 candidates, nearly 6,000 were women.