European Union External Action

EU election observation mission to Nepal in 2008

11/04/2008 - 15:26
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At the invitation of the Government of Nepal, the European Union established a mission to observe the Constituent Assembly elections there on 10 April 2008.

On election day there were a limited number of incidents of violence, intimidation and overt attempts to disrupt the poll in parts of the country, but generally polling went smoothly.

In contrast, the campaign environment was tense across the country and the freedoms of expression, movement and assembly were at times seriously undermined. There were also several incidents of violence and killing. Jan Mulder, Member of the European Parliament, was Chief Observer.

The observers were deployed throughout the country. They met government and electoral officials, candidates and political parties, civil society representatives and the media.