Carter Center announces launch of int'l election observation mission to Nepal
An international election observation mission for November19 Constituent Assembly election has been launched by the U.S. based Carter Center, saying that it will help in “reassuring” the Nepali people that their efforts to draft a new constitution won’t go futile.
The election observation mission was launched at the invitation of Interim Election Council Chair Khil Raj Regmi and the Election Commission of Nepal and political parties, the Carter Center said.
“The Carter Center hopes that this election observation mission will reassure the Nepalese people that their efforts to draft a new constitution can succeed. Competitive and peaceful elections for a new constituent assembly are the best chance for Nepal to get back on the path to democracy and development,” said Carter Center Democracy Program Associate Director David Pottie.
The Center said that it deployed this week 12 long-term observers across Nepal, placing teams in the five development regions and a roaming team in the Terai region, to gain firsthand knowledge of the activities of the election commission, political parties, civil society organisations, and the international community, as well as other citizen and international election observation missions.
These 12 observers, representing eight countries, will be joined by an additional 40 short-term observers shortly before the elections. The Center said it will release periodic public statements on electoral findings, which will be available at www.cartercenter.org.
“The early deployment of long-term observers will allow the Center to assess pre-election preparations. The Carter Center also will closely monitor legal and political developments that may impact the election, as well as partner with national organizations to advance citizen election observation skills and training,” the Center said in a press statement.
The Center observed Nepal’s 2008 constituent assembly election and has remained present conducting long-term political and constitutional monitoring to June 2013. Over the course of that project, The Carter Center issued more than 20 public reports on issues including security, federalism, identity-based politics, voter registration, and land ownership, among others. Nepalnews.com/ag