The European Union (EU) has announced that it is deploying an Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to observe the Constituent Assembly Elections slated for November 19, 2013.
Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice- President of the Commission, has nominated Eva Joly, Member of the European Parliament, as Chief Observer for this EOM.
In a statement issued by the EU to inform about deployment of EU EOM, Ashton said, “The forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections in Nepal are a crucial step in the finalisation of the peace process and in the consolidation of the country's democratic transition. In view of the EU's long-standing support to the democratic process in Nepal I have decided, upon invitation from the authorities, to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission for these elections under the leadership of MEP Eva Joly.”
Ashton said she is confident that all stakeholders will engage in the process in a peaceful and democratic manner and that the EU Election Observation Mission will enhance the confidence of Nepalese voters in the process."
Joly will arrive in Kathmandu on October 26, 2013. A core team of eight EU election analysts is deployed in Nepal since October 4 and is following the electoral preparations. Thirty-four long-term observers will join the core team on October 13 and will shortly reach their areas of responsibility, said the EU statement.
Up to 60 short-term observers from 28 EU member states, as well as Norway and Switzerland will complete the deployment of the mission. A European Parliament Delegation will also join the observation mission for the voting process.
The mission will remain in Nepal to observe the final counting and tabulation of votes and any complaint procedures. A final report, including recommendations for future electoral processes, will be presented at a later stage, added the statement. Nepalnews.com