Development partners express commitment to ‘strict impartiality’ for upcoming polls
The development partners in Nepal have expressed their commitment to the principle of ‘strict impartiality in the ongoing electoral process in Nepal for the upcoming November 19 polls.
Issuing a statement on behalf of the international development partners, the United Nations (UN) in Nepal on Monday highlighted the “Principles of Development Partners in Nepal for the Elections”, which clearly implies that their assistance must not be diverted for any political purposes and that development resources cannot be used for political purposes.
“Development assistance from the above mentioned Development Partners is intended to improve the lives of Nepal’s poor and excluded people, whoever or wherever they are; it is vital that this assistance can continue even in an election environment,” the statement said, adding that complementary to this assistance, development partners will also provide neutral technical support to Nepal’s electoral process, as part of their ongoing and committed support to Nepal’s peace process.
Furthermore, in keeping with the principle of impartiality, development partners said they expect their staff and partner organisations to also remain impartial at all times and particularly so in an electoral environment and appealed to all concerned actors in Nepal to “understand, respect and support this impartiality”.
The principles are very much intended in the spirit of the Election Commission of Nepal’s own electoral Code of Conduct, in particular Chapter 4 relating to Non-Governmental Organizations, the statement added. Nepalnews.com