American, Danish envoys say people should be able to vote for 'party or candidate of their choice' during polls
U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter W. Bodde has said citizens should be able to vote for the party or candidate of their choice during a free election.
In his remarks to students at the Janapriya Community College in scenic tourist hub Pokhara of Kaski district on Monday, the American envoy also stressed that political parties “must debate, hold rallies, and make speeches.”
“Candidates and parties must have freedom of speech, assembly, and movement so they can share their views with voters,” he was quoted as saying by a U.S. embassy press statement.
The Danish Ambassador to Nepal Kirsten Geelan also participated in parts of the program in Pokhara. In her remarks to students, she said, “The cornerstone of a democratic society rests on the rights of the people – irrespective of race, gender and ethnicity – to cast their vote in a free, fair, credible and inclusive election process.”
The U.S. envoy traveled to Pokhara to meet with local government officials, business leaders, NGO representatives, and students.
In his meetings with the Chief District Officer and the District Election Officer, Ambassador Bodde was briefed about preparations for the November elections. Ambassador Bodde also opened a new Access program in Pokhara.
The English Access Microscholarship Program (“Access”) is designed to help disadvantaged students through a two-year after school program that develops students’ English language and leadership skills, according to the U.S. embassy statement.
The remarks by the two foreign envoys comes at a time when the Election Commission said that is investigating a remark made by German Ambassador to Nepal Frank Meykey at a programme in Bhagawatipur of Tanahun district on September 17.
According to media reports, the German Ambassador had urged the voters not to cast votes to the political parties that enforce frequent general strikes. Nepalnews.com