Some 76,000 domestic and international observers for CA election ’13

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Kathmandu, Nov. 15: A total of 76,216 national and international observers are being mobilized for observing the second election to the Constituent Assembly to be held on coming Tuesday.

The observers represent a total of 51 national and international organizations who are going to observe and assess whether the November 19 CA elections are held as per the national law of Nepal and whether it meets the international standards.

The observers including both long-term and short-term observers will be looking into the entire process of the election right from the compilation of the voters list to the Election Day and the counting of votes thereafter.

Internationally renowned organizations like the Carter Centre, the European Union and ANFREL have mobilized both long-term and short-term observers for the upcoming CA elections.

The European Union Observation Mission in Nepal has mobilized 40 long-term and 34 short-term observers. On the Election Day, more than 100 observers from the 28 EU member countries and from Norway and Switzerland will be mobilized by the EU.

Likewise, the Carter Centre has already mobilized 12 long-term observers while an additional 51 short-term observers will be mobilized with effect from tomorrow.

The Carter Centre is here for observation at the invitation of the Election Commission and Chairman of the Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi. Founder of the Centre and former US President Jimmy Carter is arriving here Saturday to lead the observation team, according to the Centre’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Similarly, the Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL) has received permission from the Commission to depute 54 observers.

Apart from the international organizations, a total of 48 national organizations have also received permission from the Commission to mobilize observers for the CA elections.

Of them, the International Centre for Educational, Cultural, Economics and Technological Exchange has mobilized the most number of observers at 11,000 while the National Election Observation Committee has mobilized 10,000, Democracy and Election Observation Nepal has mobilized 6,000. The Mamangkhe Society Nepal has the lowest number of observers at 101.

As per the Observation Guidelines of the Commission, a domestic organization cannot mobilize less than 100 observers in the election.

The practice of mobilizing observers began after the Second World War in order to ensure that the election held is nationally and universally recognized and is free and fair. However, the mobilization of international and domestic observers in election accelerated after the end of the cold war.

International election observers are guided by the UN Declaration of the Principles of International Election Observation as well as the Code of Conduct for International Observers. RSS

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