Thirty-Four Election Observers from European Union Election Observation Deployed in Nepal

Oct 18, 2013 10:10 IST

Thirty-four election observers from the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) were deployed in Kathmandu to all regions of Nepal on 17 October 2013. The 34 long-term EU observers arrived in Kathmandu on 13 October 2013 and went through a comprehensive three-day briefing. The polling is scheduled to be held for the Constituent Assembly on 19 November 2013. The group is lead by Chief Observer a member of the European Parliament, Eva Joly.

The Deputy Chief Observer Tania Marques explained that in the coming weeks, the observers will meet election officials, candidates and representatives of civil society, and will report their observations back to Kathmandu.

Apart from 34 observers, a group of 40 short term observers will join the mission in order to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results. Additionally, the mission will also send out a delegation of members of the European Parliament and locally-recruited short term observers from EU member states embassies to observe the electoral process. In total, the EU EOM will comprise over 100 Observers from 26 member states as well as Norway and Switzerland.

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