The Election Commission held a consultative meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on the management of election observation in the upcoming polls.

EC Spokesperson Raj Kumar Shrestha said discussion was held on various issues, including diplomatic missions and the role of foreign observation agencies for coordination of election observation. The Election Commission Act has the provision that EC can give permission to any foreign person or agency to observe the election. The HoR election has been announced for April 30 and May 10.

At the meeting, Minister Gyawali committed that employees of foreign affairs service who work as liaison officers for foreign observers would extend support and coordination in this regard.

A discussion was also held on the principle and practical aspects of work procedure to be framed by the EC on election monitoring and observation. Meanwhile, the EC has demanded Rs 7.7 billion from the government for the purpose of HoR election.

The EC meeting yesterday decided to this effect.

According to EC Spokesperson Shrestha, EC has asked for budget release from the finance ministry for the HoR election.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.