KATHMANDU: US Ambassador to Nepal Peter W Bodde said on Monday that a democracy is never perfect and that it always strives for betterment and inclusion of the generally excluded population. Speaking at an interaction in the Capital on Monday, Bodde stressed on the active participation of women in the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections.
“In the US, we have been practicing democracy for the past 200 years. But we are not yet perfect, as we are not yet inclusive. No democracy is perfect and it applies to Nepal as well,” he added.
Bodde said that as a supporter for free, fair, credible and inclusive elections in Nepal, the U.S. will work with the Nepal government and civil society to encourage women and marginalized groups to participate in politics.
“Nepal is blessed with extraordinary people and resources. For Nepal to reach its potential, the country must have stability and a political system that truly represents Nepal’s diversity. Holding free, fair, credible and inclusive elections this November is a crucial first step,” the ambassador Bodde noted. A statement issued by the U.S embassy informed that the U.S. government has given over $5.5 million in the last year to support democracy and governance efforts in Nepal.
On the occasion, the participants including Ila Sharma, the commissioner of the Election Commission, said Nepal should work towards ensuring population proportionate representation of women in all state organs.
“We should have the target of having 51 percent women representation in all state organs. However, it was encouraging that the last Constituent Assembly had, so far, the largest women participation of 33 percent,” said Sharma.