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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Nepal Election News

The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has stressed on an atmosphere free of violence and intimidation in the upcoming election to Constituent Assembly (CA).

Head of the EU EOM Jan Mulder said at a press conference in Kathmandu on Tuesday that the political parties and other all stakeholders have responsibility to ensure that there would be appropriate environment for the polls and people could exercise their democratic right to vote freely.

Mulder said the main mandate given to the EU EOM was to observe if the polls were held in a free and fair manner by meeting the international norms and standards. The mission has already started mobilizing the observers.

He informed that the EU EOM was going to mobilise 120 observers to take account of situation for the elections. The mission will also coordinate with international and domestic organisations working to observe poll so that polls will be monitored well in the remote areas, according him.

The mission will be observing the activities like poll campaigns, voting process the and general environment, according him.

When asked if the polls would be reasonably free in the present context, he said that making a clear assessment at the moment would be premature.

He also made it clear that the EU EOM would not comment on what might happen after the CA polls.

Mulder said that the mission would make public its preliminary report on its findings right after the CA elections and the final report would be published after two months of the end of electoral process.

Source: Nepalnews

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