International community backs Nepal’s elections

International community expresses concern on the current political trends in Nepal

Nov. 8, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -9 Oct. 25- 2013 (Kartik 08, 2070)

Issuing the statement on behalf of international community based in Nepal, UN Resident Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick stressed the need to maintain restrains for all side.  

“With only 13 days until the election on 19 November, we applaud the efforts of all stakeholders, including the interim government, the Election Commission, the political parties and the media, to make this process a success. Especially we commend the role of thousands of candidates who are conducting their election campaigns abiding by the Election Code of Conduct. Many politicians and their supporters are campaigning peacefully and lawfully despite unacceptable threats and disruptions,” said in his written statement.

The international community supports the men and women of Nepal in their right to express their views in peace, either as candidates or voters. Everyone should respect the democratic right to take part in a peaceful, open and inclusive election. Bandhs or strikes, when enforced by violence or the threat of violence, are a violation of the political rights of citizens and against the laws of Nepal.

Preventing peaceful campaigning by others is also unlawful. Parties who have been involved in such actions should respect the universal principle of free elections and the rights of others.  Issuing the statement on behalf of international community in Nepal UN Resident Coordinator stressed the need to maintain restrains for all side.  

“We are encouraged by the resolve, but also the restraint shown so far by the police, security forces and the Home Ministry, in providing election security with professionalism in the face of provocation during this sensitive period,” said

 

 

 

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