International Development Partners’ Group Statement on Elections

27 April 2017

Kathmandu: The undersigned members of the international community recognize the efforts of all stakeholders including the Election Commission, the Government, civil society and the political parties in preparing for the historic local elections in Nepal.

It has been two decades since local elections were last held, and Nepalis are keen to exercise their right to elect their local representatives. Local elections are crucial in revitalizing democracy at the grassroots level and strengthening government accountability.

With less than a month left before the scheduled election date, we encourage efforts to continue to forge a political agreement to enable the participation of as wide a section of the population as possible and broaden support to the process. This will bolster the credibility of the elections and facilitate the implementation of the Constitution.

We call on all parties to mutually respect the freedom of peaceful expression and assembly, and individual voters’ rights as laid out in Nepal’s laws and constitution. We also call on the security forces to comply with existing national and international standards when carrying out their duties.

We are committed to working with all stakeholders for a peaceful, inclusive, broadly-supported and credible election process.

Issued by:
Embassy of Australia, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Germany, Delegation of the European Union, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of France, Embassy of Norway, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Embassy of the United States of America, United Nations in Nepal, World Bank.