United Nations Electoral Expert Monitoring Team starts work in Nepal

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The United Nations Electoral Expert Monitoring Team (EEMT), established under the mandate of the Security Council Resolution 1740, began this week the first of a number of visits it will make to Nepal during the Constituent Assembly electoral process.

The five member team is comprised of Dr. Rafael Lopez-Pintor, the team leader (Spain), Ayman Ayoub (Syria), Stefanie Luthy (Switzerland), Antonio Reis (Brazil), and Bong-Scuk Sohn (Republic of Korea).

Appointed directly by the Secretary-General, members of the EEMT are responsible for assessing the electoral process on a regular basis in order to determine whether it is proceeding in a manner which will lead to a result that accurately reflects the will of the Nepalese people. In making its assessments, the EEMT will meet with a range of stakeholders, including Government, members of the Interim Legislature-Parliament, political parties, civil society organisations, and national and international electoral observer groups.

The EEMT reports to the Secretary-General on the conduct of the election. The Secretary-General will share reports of the EEMT with the Government of Nepal.

The EEMT is not a part of UNMIN. It operates separately from the UNMIN Electoral Assistance Office, which provides technical assistance to the Election Commission.