European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), who have been accused of breaching the poll observation code, have postponed their monitoring activities in Kanchanpur and Kailali districts.
A core team of the Kathmandu-based European Union itself instructed the poll observers to abandon their activities, informed a highly reliable source. Likewise, a committee formed by the European Union has initiated investigation into the alleged violation by the poll observation team, the source revealed.
According to My Republica, the three-member poll observation team deployed to observe poll activities in the districts courted controversy last week for unnecessarily entering court premises and inquiring court officials, which does not fall under the authority of poll observers. The team was subsequently banned from monitoring election-related activities.
The Election Commission (EC) prohibited them from carrying out their duties upon the recommendation of Rajendra Kumar Acharya, chief returning officer of Kanchanpur.
Kanchanpur's Chief Returning Officer Acharya, who had recommended the ban, said the team has stopped its monitoring activities. “I have not seen or heard of the team being involved in monitoring activities in the district recently.”