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Nepal invites observers for municipal polls
www.chinaview.cn 2006-01-17 20:02:37

    KATHMANDU, Jan. 17 (Xinhuanet) -- The Nepali Election Commission (EC) has asked the non-governmental organizations wishing to play the role of observers in upcoming municipal elections to apply for the same along with necessary documents.

    The application should include an attested copy of the organization's registration certificate, statute, report of any similar activity if carried out in the past, district and municipality intended to observe and a passport size photograph of the observer.

    The observer should be above 21 years of age.

    The EC will also allow interested international organizations to become observers of the election.

    Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, joint secretary and chief of the observation department, Pradip Kumar Khatiwada, said the ECwill welcome any international organizations to monitor the polls to ensure free and fair elections.

    Khatiwada assured that the EC is ready to provide all necessary assistance to national and international organizations that wants to play the role of observers.

    The EC is holding municipal polls despite the call from major opposition political parties to actively boycott it, he said.

    The Nepali government has said that it is ready to invite an international agency to monitor polls slated for Feb. 8, 2006.

    A total of 4,146 office-bearers will be elected in the elections to be held in one metropolis, four sub-metropolis and 53 municipalities in 43 districts of the country.

    As many as 72 political parties have been approved for the municipal elections. Enditem

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