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EU poll observation report misleading and baseless : EC

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KATHMANDU — The Election Commission on Thursday has said that the European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM)’s report on the recently held elections of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies was misleading and baseless and it ‘totally rejects’ the report.

Terming the report and a press statement issued by the poll observation group as ‘misleading’, ‘baseless’ and ‘in contravention of the international poll observation code of conduct’, the election body, three days after EUEOM released the report, said it has breached the poll observation code of conduct meant for international poll observers and the MoU signed with the EC.

Issuing a press statement, the EC stated,”The report and the press statement released by the organization is totally unacceptable because it has violated the international election observation code of conduct. The report does not carry any truth regarding the peacefully held elections, the results of which have been accepted by all the voters, political parties, candidates and concerned stake holders.”

Furthermore, EC in its straightforward statement signed by Deputy Spokesperson Mukunda Sharma, said that so far, it has been facilitating international organizations to observe elections comfortably but it would be extra cautious while issuing such permissions henceforth.

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EUEOM, in its report, has accused EC of not maintaining transparency while conducting the elections. The poll observation team has suggested to the election body to ‘enhance the transparency of the EC through regular consultations with stakeholders and timely publication of all information of public interest’.

The mission had further stated that the election body’s work lacked transparency although it performed its duties impartially and enjoyed public confidence.

“There was, for example, no mechanism for regular consultations with election stakeholders, and the EC failed to publish critical information on polling center turnout and invalid votes,” the report stated,

Earlier, on Wednesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also had issued a statement regarding the report released by EU saying it had directly challenged the elections held as per the norms of constitution.

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Dahal says discussion about party unification process positive

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KATHMANDU — CPN Maoist Center Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has said the bilateral discussions regarding the unification between the party and CPN-UML are heading positively.

Chair Dahal apprised the extended meeting held today at his Khumaltar-based private residence of the progress in the unification process.

Talking to media persons following the meeting, party Spokesperson Pampha Bhusal said that time would be taken for uniting the parties.

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“The date for the unification cannot be declared right now,” she said while stressing the need to make no haste on the matter of making a new party by merging two political parties.

According to Spokesperson Bhusal, party chair Dahal briefed the meeting about his discussions with the UML chair regarding party unification committee’s reports.

Stating that bilateral talks and discussions on the political and organisational issues were heading positively, leader Dahal assured the meeting that merging process was going ahead to ensure the unification as per the interests of both parties and the nation, according to Spokesperson Bhusal.

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