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.
The extraordinarily large number of candidates and lists (26 national lists, 428 provincial lists, 44 emigrant lists) caused the election to be the most complex in Ecuador's history. Although polls indicated that Correa's PAIS Alliance would win a plurality in the election, but not a majority, 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. PAIS won all six foreign seats.
The Constituent Assembly was to 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. However, the installation of the Assembly was delayed to 29 November 2007 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.