80 more Asian election observers arrive in Nepal

April 3rd, 2008 - 10:58 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, April 3 (Xinhua) A total of 80 election observers from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) arrived in the Nepali capital Kathmandu Thursday, nepalnews.com reported. The group of observers, led by ANFREL chairman General Saiyud Kerdphol, former supreme commander of the Royal Thai Army, will carry out the network’s mission to Nepal for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

General Saiyud is being accompanied by Deputy Chief of Mission Damaso G. Magbual from the Philippines and 78 other observers from Asia.

This brings the total number of ANFREL observers to over 100 from 22 Asian countries, the network said in a statement.

The ANFREL, which was organised in 1997 as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organisations, is conducting one of the largest observation missions in Nepal.

It had already sent 20 long-term observers to Nepal March 14, 2008.

The ANFREL strives to promote and support democratisation at national and regional levels in Asia. Since it was founded, it has served towards strengthening the democratisation of countries such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, East Timor and Indonesia.

ANFREL is supported by a number of national organizations from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

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