Vote counting process, election results credible, Carter Center says

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Kathmandu, Dec. 19: Just a month after the November 19 Constituent Assembly (CA) polls, the Carter Center has published a report of its observation of Nepal’s vote counting process Thursday stating that the procedural inconsistencies did not affect the integrity of the counting or the confidence of stakeholders present.

“Party agents from multiple parties were present throughout the entire counting process. The all-party meetings convened prior to the start of the count proved to be a useful opportunity for election officials to clarify the counting procedures,” the Carter Center said in a press statement issued here Thursday.

The Center has further said that the observers reported a strong and reasonable presence of security forces that did not interfere in the counting process.

Credible results and disputes should be resolved through legal and peaceful means, it said.

Regarding some allegations on poll rigging, the Carter Center has urged the parties to make formal complaints through official channels and encourages the respective institutions to investigate thoroughly and adjudicate individual claims to enhance the credibility and transparency of the election.

The Carter Center will continue to follow the complaints mechanism and political events in the coming months and in early 2014 will release a final report summarizing its overall observations and provide recommendations for future elections.

The Center observed Nepal’s constituent assembly elections at the invitation of the Election Commission of Nepal and Chairman of the Interim Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai led the Carter Center’s short-term mission of 66 observers from 31 countries. RSS

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