MEP Zovko, the Chief Observer of the EU Elections Observation Mission, observes the second round of elections in Nepal

Kathmandu, 7 December 2017 – Member of the European Parliament Željana Zovko observes today the second round of elections in Nepal as the Chief Observer of the EU Elections Observation Mission.

12 million voters vote today in 45 provinces of Nepal for representatives in the House of Representatives and provincial assemblies. The elections are held in the new political and election system.

The Chief Observer Zovko said they did not note any major issues in the places they visited and that the elections were opened without major incidents.

The elections observation mission is composed of the core team with 10 elections analysts, who arrived to Nepal on 25 October, 38 long-term observers and 44 short-term observers, as well as the delegation of seven members of the European Parliament and diplomats of EU member-countries resident in Nepal, making this the largest international observation mission with more than 100 EU observers deployed in two election rounds. Two observers of the EU mission are from Croatia.

The EU observers must stick to strict rules of behaviour prescribed for international observers – they must be neutral and unbiased in their actions and must not interfere in the election process.

The CO Zovko will present the preliminary evaluation of the elections at the press conference to be held on Saturday, 9 December.

The final report with recommendations for future elections will be released after finalisation of the entire election process.

Photo: Keshav Thapa

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