US congratulates Nepal for successfully holding polls
December 16, 2017 02:02 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Dec 15: The United States has commended the citizens and government of Nepal for conducting peaceful, orderly, and broadly supported provincial assembly and parliamentary elections on November 26 and December 7.
Issuing a press statement on Friday, the US said the successful completion of elections at the local, provincial, and national levels is an important milestone in Nepal's democratic journey and hoped that it should set the stage for responsive governance based on the principles of transparency, inclusivity, rule of law, and service delivery.
The US said the tremendous efforts of countless government officials, elections officials, volunteers, security personnel, observers, political parties and others who contributed to creating a generally safe and well-organized atmosphere for conducting five phases of elections across the country deserve praise. “We congratulate all participants and look forward to working with the new government as it embarks on the next phase of constitutional implementation,” it said.
With the completion of the last round of constitutionally-mandated direct elections comes an important opportunity for the people of Nepal: the implementation of the constitution through elections, federalization, and the strengthening of governmental institutions has the potential to usher in a new era of political stability.
“This is an essential prerequisite for the economic growth and development Nepal needs to create a prosperous future. It is now the responsibility of Nepal's newly elected representatives at all levels to focus on inclusive, transparent, accountable governance that serves and benefits all of Nepal's people in order to allow the country and its people to realize their full potential,” added the statement.