The Election Commission has given approval to 49 organizations to observe the local level election. Among 65 organizations applying for approval of election observation, 49 were accepted in line with the Election Observation Directive -2073 according to RSS. With this, 49,947 persons would act as observers in the local level elections slated for May 14, and June 14. The National Election Observation Committee (NEOC), Election Observation Forum Nepal, Human Rights and Peace Organization, General Election Observation Committee (GEOC), News Club of Nepal, Nepal Election Observation Network, Election Observation Committee Nepal, Human Rights Protection Forum, INSEC and Nepal Bar Association are some of the organizations observing the election. Among those applying for the observation approval, NEOC is to mobilize 12,000 persons while Election Observers’ Forum Nepal to 5,677 and the Former Combatants’ Nepal to mobilize 300 persons, according to the Election Commission.
The diplomats from the development partners as the US, France and Norway have shown willingness for the observation, said Chief Election Commissioner Dr Ayodhi Prasad Yadav, adding that they have also requested for their arrangement to see the election outside the capital city as well. They also inquired about the progress in the election preparations, he mentioned.
The EC has however formulated a policy that it would not invite foreign observers, but allow the representatives from the diplomatic missions to study and visit the places where the elections are conducted.