EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government

Published On: March 21, 2018 08:42 PM NPT

KATHMANDU, March 21: The government has said that the attention has been drawn towards the conclusions and recommendations of the ‘Final Report on the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly Elections’ released by the European Union’s Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) to Nepal.

In a press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the government has expressed its dissatisfaction over the report published by EU EOM on Tuesday citing that it has violated the Election Code of Conduct for International Observers of the Election Commission of Nepal.

“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. This violates the Election Code of Conduct for International Observers of the Election Commission of Nepal as well as the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Nepal and the European Union before the elections", the statement read.

Stating that the recommendations and comments are a direct challenge to the provisions of the Constitution of Nepal which was promulgated in line with the inclusive policy reflective of Nepali social structure, by the sovereign decision of Nepali people, the government has said that report has made unwarranted comments about political issues that have already been settled terming it as unfortunate.

The government has called upon all the concerned to refrain from making such uncalled-for comments and has strongly believed that historic elections of House of Representatives and the Provincial Assemblies, which saw high turnout of voters, were the reflection of Nepali people’s long-cherished aspirations for democracy, progress and stability, citing as milestone in terms of the implementation of the Constitution as well as the conclusion of Nepal’s peace process.


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