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A referendum on establishing a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution was held in Ecuador on 15 April 2007, although it had originally been planned for 18 March 2007. The referendum was called by President Rafael Correa on 15 January 2007. The Constituent Assembly Election was held on 30 September 2007 with Correa's PAIS Alliance taking the majority of seats. The assembly will sit for a maximum of 180 days with a possible 60-day-extension.
On 23 January 2007, the Electoral Court decided to send the referendum call to Congress for consideration, which later approved it in a vote that was boycotted by a large number of parliamentarians. A poll taken in January showed 70% of voters to be in favour of the proposal.
Voters were asked to answer yes or no to the following question:
- Do you approve the convocation and installation of a plenipotentiary Constituent Assembly in accordance with the electoral statute attached hereto in order to transform the institutional framework of the state and to draw up a new constitution?