The international community that has been assisting Nepal for socio-economic development since long, stresses on elections stating it was imperative for the consolidation of democracy and for economic prosperity.
The development partners who have been closely observing recent political developments in Nepal opine that there is no alternative to elections to the Constituent Assembly and it must take place on November 19 at any cost.
Ambassador of Norway to Nepal Alf Arne Ramslien has stressed on the election, terming it as very basic process which enhances environment for good governance. He said the election was imperative in order to ensure that Nepal moves towards democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions.
“We are in the process of signing an agreement to the tune of 8 million US dollars to support the elections. In addition to that, we have already supported the Election Commission through UNDP and some 3.5 million US dollars has been provided to the UNDP for that purpose,” he said.
Stating that Norway is supporting the Carter Centre that is also focusing election related process and observation, and also contributing as part of the EU Observation Group and IDEA, an inter-governmental organization, the Norwegian ambassador said that his country was also considering support to Local Observation Groups.
Similarly, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal, Asko Luukkainen, emphasized the importance of holding the CA election on the slated date.
“In a situation where there is no constitution and no parliament or locally elected bodies, holding the CA polls is of utmost importance. The long standing, you might say non democratic situation in Nepal, is problematic for the donors since we are expected to support countries where democracy prevails. Therefore, the CA elections are welcome and necessary for us but especially for the people in Nepal,” Ambassador Luukkainen said.
Stating that Finland was partly financing the EU election observation team, which includes about 100 persons, he said they would be part of the election observation which will be conducted by the Embassies based in Kathmandu.
Meanwhile, development partners engaged in the elections in Nepal via the United Nations Development Program have reiterated their strong support for Constituent Assembly elections.
While appreciating efforts of all political parties to reach agreement on the final parameters of free and fair elections that will lead to an inclusive Constituent Assembly, they have pledged all possible contributions to the Election Commission.
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