With the Constituent Assembly elections scheduled for November approaching fast, the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) has been launched in Nepal. The EU EOM is led by Chief Observer Eva Joly, a Member of the European Parliament.
The mission was launched on invitation of the government and the election commission and will operate according to the Memoranda of Understanding signed with the Government of Nepal and the Electoral Commission. Eight international election analysts of the EU EOM arrived in Nepal on 4 October.
“These elections are of utmost significance for the further democratic development of Nepal. Since the EU has a long standing interest in this process it was also of great importance for its 28 member states to deploy a strong mission to observe the entire electoral process," Chief Observer Joly said, issuing a statement. "We encourage all actors in the upcoming polls as well as the citizens to join their efforts for the elections to be conducted in a genuine, transparent and credible manner.”
The mission will deploy 34 long-term observers throughout the country on 17 October. Closer to election day, 40 short-term observers, along with a delegation of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), will join the mission. In total, the EU EOM will deploy over 100 observers from 26 member states as well as Norway and Switzerland to observe polling, counting and tabulation of results of the elections.
EU observers will assess the respect for political rights and fundamental freedoms of the Nepali citizens, the legal framework and its implementation, the administration of the electoral process, the electoral campaign, the conduct of the media, voting, counting and tabulation of results and post-election activities including the mechanisms for complaints and appeals.
The EU EOM will issue a preliminary assessment shortly after the election at a press conference in Kathmandu. A more comprehensive final report, including recommendations for future elections, will be published within two months of the end of the electoral process.
The EU EOM had acted as observers in the 2008 CA election as well. In the first CA election, the mission deployed a 110-member team.