The first House of Representatives (HoR) elections under the new Constitution, along with the first ever elections for the seven provincial assemblies, were held in two phases, with the first phase on November 26 and the second phase on December 7, 2017. Democracy Resource Center Nepal (DRCN) conducted long-term and short-term observations of both phases to assess the electoral processes before, during, and after the election days, as well as to monitor the overall political and security situation around these elections. This preliminary statement outlines key findings from the observation of both phases of these important elections.
January 1, 2018
November 12, 2017
One major feature of the new constitution promulgated on September 2015 was the restructuring of Nepal’s local government, including devolution of power to newly created provinces and local units. After much deliberations and contestations, the constitutionally mandated Local Level Restructuring Commission finalized 743 local units. On February 20, 2017, the Government of Nepal announced the local elections for May 14, 2017 which was later broken into three phases due to political reasons. The first phase elections in provinces without Tarai districts (Provinces 3, 4 and 6) were held on May 14, second phase elections in rest of the provinces except province 2 was held on June 28. The province 2 election across eight Tarai districts was held on September 18. Democracy Resource Center Nepal (DRCN) observed all three phases of the local elections conducted for the first time in nearly twenty years, and the first one under the new constitution and new local structures.
October 31, 2017
On September 18, 2017 the third and final phase of local elections was held in Province 2 consisting of eight Tarai districts. Voters in newly formed local units turned out in impressive numbers to elect new representatives. Democracy Resource Center Nepal (DRCN) conducted long-term and short-term observation of these elections to provide a critical and independent assessment of the electoral and political processes around the elections. This preliminary statement outlines findings and makes recommendations based on DRCN’s observation before, during, and after the third phase of local elections.
August 13, 2017
On June 28, 2017 the Second Phase of local elections was held in Provinces 1, 5, and 7. Voters in newly formed local units turned out in impressive numbers to elect new representatives for the first time in nearly 20 years. Democracy Resource Center Nepal (DRCN) conducted observation of the elections in order to provide a critical, independent, and high-quality assessment of the electoral and political processes around the elections. This preliminary statement outlines findings and makes recommendations based on DRCN‟s observation before, during, and after the Second Phase elections.
June 7, 2017
This preliminary statement outlines findings from DRCN’s observation of the local political and elections-related dynamics before, during and after the first phase of local elections on May 14, 2017. DRCN will release its second preliminary report immediately after the completion of the second phase of elections, followed by a final comprehensive report.
May 22, 2017
This pre-election statement focuses on a few key findings identified by observers since May 1. A more comprehensive preliminary statement of observer findings will be released after the elections, and a final observation report will be released at the completion of observation.