U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Peter W. Bodde joined Election Commissioner Ila Sharma and other distinguished guests at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu today for a panel discussion on “Supporting Women’s Representation in All Stages of the Electoral Process.” Democracy and Elections Watch-Nepal and National Democratic Institute organized the event with support from the U.S. government. Speakers at the panel discussion focused on increasing the number of strong women candidates and ensuring women vote in the upcoming November 19 elections.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Bodde noted that as a supporter for free, fair, credible and inclusive elections in Nepal, the U.S. will work with Nepal’s government and civil society to encourage women and underrepresented groups to participate in politics. He stated, “Nepal is blessed with extraordinary people and resources. For Nepal to reach its potential, the country must have stability and a political system that truly represents Nepal’s diversity. Holding free, fair, credible and inclusive elections this November is a crucial first step.” He also encouraged those registered to vote to participate in the upcoming elections, saying that “Exercising the right to vote is one of the most important responsibilities of any individual citizen.”