DRCN works to provide a critical, independent, and high-quality assessment of the elections, as well as recommendations for improving the electoral process as a part of its broader goal to strengthen democratic processes and institutions in Nepal.
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.
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.
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.