US welcomes second round of local level elections

KATHMANDU: The US Embassy in Kathmandu on Thursday has welcomed the successful completion of second round of local level elections commenced in province number 1, 5 and 7 yesterday.

In a statement today, the diplomatic mission has urged all the stakeholders to work together to create a conducive environment for the people of province number 2 to guarantee the same opportunity to peacefully exercise their democratic right to elect local representatives in their areas.

"We strongly encourages the Government of Nepal to permit unrestricted international election observation during this crucial final phase of local elections, in order to enable the international community, including accredited diplomats, to observe and offer support to the outcome of the elections," it said in a statement.

The US diplomatic mission further said they are committed to encouraging a peaceful, inclusive, broadly-supported and credible election process.

The third phase of local polls in province number 2 is slated for September 18.