Development partners urge disgruntled parties to get on board election process
Nepal’s development partners and international community on Saturday urged the disgruntled political parties to take part in the November 19 Constituent Assembly elections, expressing worry over the parties’ statements to disrupt the national event.
“The CA election is a must to ascertain citizens’ fundamental rights,” they said, adding that election is a necessity to meet people’s expectations for socioeconomic prosperity and overall development.
The election is required to consolidate democracy, promote good governance, protect human rights, end inequality and enact a new constitution, they emphasized.
Russian Ambassador to Nepal, Sergey Velichkin said the CA election needs to be held on the stipulated date. “The Russian government extends moral support to timely election,” he said, adding that disrupting the election is not a good idea, though every citizen has the right to protest.
Similarly, UNDP Resident Coordinator in Nepal, Jamie McGoldrick appreciated the efforts of political parties to create a favorable atmosphere for the election, stressing that the Election Commission and Interim Election Council should get all the necessary support to make the election a success.
“The international community is committed to help Nepalis get a democratic constitution through the election,” he said, adding that the UNDP has been providing technical support to the Election Commission to ensure a fully democratic and credible election.
Under the UNDP assistance, the Commission has updated the voters' list of 12.4 million citizens and is running voter education and other relevant programs, according to McGoldrick.
The European Union, Denmark and Norway have also extended support to the Commission through UNDP to make the CA elections a success.
Meanwhile, Australia has shown interest in exchanging expertise in the areas of electoral management. Senior officials from the Election Commission of Nepal and Australia have signed a bilateral agreement on creating opportunities for exchanging information, technology and experiences related to election.
As per the agreement, assistance would be extended to improve overall electoral system, develop democratic election culture, conduct voter education and work in areas determined by both the sides. RSS