EU election observers for appropriate environment during Nepal CA polls

March 18th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Mar 18 (ANI): The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) on Tuesday called for an atmosphere free of violence and intimidation during the forthcoming Nepalese Constituent Assembly (CA) elections scheduled on April 10.
Chief of the European Union’s Election Observer Mission, Jan Mulder said at a press conference here 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 and general environment.
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, reported. (ANI)

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