Statement by the Spokesperson on the elections in Nepal
The elections to the House of Representatives and the new seven Provincial Assemblies were conducted in Nepal on the 26 November and 7 December. This represents a landmark for the implementation of the Constitution promulgated in 2015 and a step towards completing the establishment of a federal structure.
Though the electoral campaign was marked by a series of violent attacks, the elections nonetheless took place in a largely peaceful atmosphere. As underlined by the EU EOM Preliminary Statement, in spite of a number of shortcomings, political freedoms were well respected and the people of Nepal were able to participate in the democratic process.
The European Union is a close partner of Nepal and is committed to support the country in its democratic development and the conclusion of this transitional period. A European Union Election Observation Mission led by MEP Željana Zovko was deployed to Nepal to observe the electoral process and will remain in the country until the process is completed.