US hails successful elections in Nepal

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Dec 16, 2017-

The United States has congratulated the government and people of Nepal on successful conduct of the House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly elections.

In a statement on Friday, the Embassy of the United States in Kathmandu lauded the “peaceful, orderly and broadly supported provincial assembly and parliamentary elections on November 26 and December 7, and for managing the challenging process of counting and tabulating results”.

The successful completion of elections at the local, provincial and national levels is “an important milestone in Nepal’s democratic journey, one that should set the stage for responsive governance based on the principles of transparency, inclusivity, rule of law, and service delivery,” the statement read. 

The embassy also praised the “tremendous efforts of countless government officials, elections officials, volunteers, security personnel, observers, political parties and others who contributed to creating a generally safe and well-organised atmosphere” for conducting five phases of elections across the country.

“We look forward to working with the new government as it embarks on the next phase of constitutional implementation,” the embassy stated. “With the completion of the last round of constitutionally-mandated direct elections comes an important opportunity for the people of Nepal: the implementation of the constitution through elections, federalisation and the strengthening of governmental institutions has the potential to usher in a new era of political stability. This is an essential prerequisite for 

the economic growth and development Nepal needs to create a prosperous future.”

“It is now the responsibility of Nepal’s newly elected representatives at all levels to focus on inclusive, transparent, accountable governance that serves and benefits all of Nepal’s people in order to allow the country and its people to realise their full potential,” the US said.

Published: 16-12-2017 07:44

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