Nepal | May 27, 2019

Govt draws EU’s attention over controversial remarks on HoR and State elections

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EU’s Election Observation Mission to Nepal officials speaking to media before submitting their report to stakeholders in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Courtesy: EU

KATHMANDU: The Government of Nepal on Wednesday has drawn its attention to EU over controversial remarks made by European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) in its final report on the House of Representatives and State Assembly elections.

Issuing a press statement today, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the recommendations and comments made by the EUEOM directly challenged the provision of the Constitution of Nepal which was promulgated in line with the inclusive policy reflective of Nepali social structure by the sovereign decision of its people.

Some of the recommendations and comments of the Report not only undermine the successful holding of smooth, peaceful and impartial elections but also go against the scope and norms of international election observation, it said in the statement today.

The Ministry further said that the report has also violated the Election Code of Conduct for International Observers of the Election Commission of Nepal.

The government had held three tiers of elections for the implementation of the Constitution as well as conclusion of Nepal’s peace process as mentioned in the statement.

Meanwhile, the Government of Nepal has called upon all its concerned stakeholders to refrain from making such uncalled for comments.

Chief Observer of the EUEOM Zelijana Zovko, also a member of the European Parliament, had presented final report with 29 proposals for electoral process reform to the government, Election Commission, political parties, observers and civil society organisations yesterday.


Courtesy: Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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