About Us

Election Observation Committee was created in 2013 by a group of members of civil society to form an organization that would monitor the election without suffering from any sense of any political biases. In that sense the primary objective of EOC is to monitor election. Since a fair and free election cannot be ensured in the absence of awareness among the voters of their rights and responsibilities EOC is also responsible to conduct town hall meetings, seminars and workshops to educate the voters. In addition to the above mentioned two important roles it is also responsible to play a catalytic agent to enhance and strengthen the democratic process. In this endeavor, since its inception, EOC has been involved in strengthening the democratic values in political parties with the belief that in absence of functional democratic practices within the parties the notion of fair and free election will remain as a mirage. Only political parties with functional democratic setup in place will have respect to the voter’s rights which is fundamental for the pursuit of a system of good governance.

 

EOC is emerging as a non-partition and non-profit making organization committed to ensure fair and free electoral system in the country. As mentioned elsewhere, this institution was created by experienced professionals with a wide spectrum of background and affiliations with the civil society organizations in the country that include lawyers, human rights activists, teachers, social workers, gender activists and development practitioners etc. Most of these individuals have their own and/or affiliated professional organizations. The Chairperson of EOC has a long history of providing leadership to human rights organizations including the Amnesty International Nepal Chapter (1999-2003).

It is a lean organization with limited number of core staff however it has a pull of committed and motivated experts who could be mobilized at a short notice. It has necessary physical facilities such as office space, furniture, equipment and supplies to undertake assignments mentioned above.

 

VISION

The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections’- UDHR, Article 21.EOC believes in the internationally accepted principles of the freedom of elections based on the notion of universal suffrage. It urges that authorities need to take concrete and tangible steps to ensure free and fair elections. EOC calls upon the contesting political parties to end their complacent attitude towards election-related violence and act in full compliance with the electoral laws and directives.

Apart from election observation, EOC is engaged as a democracy watch flagship organization primarily focused on the study, training, advocacy and lobbying the development of a compromised representation model in the new constitution and beyond.

 

CORE WORKING AREAS

Monitoring election, training voters and stake holders on issues related to voters rights and necessities of election being fair and free.

Goal
Establishment of stable democracy in the country through free and fair periodic elections.

Objectives

  • To conduct overall observation of the all elections- long term and short term including closely observe of all phases of election-related procedure i.e. pre-election, election day and post-election activities.
  • To observe whether the political parties and candidates are acting in compliance with the Code of Conduct developed by Election Commission; and the activities of other actors such as those political parties or groups who are not taking part in the elections, ex-combatants, Tarai spender groups etc.
  • To observe whether everyone including media (both electronic and print) is free and fair in election reporting involved in the election is aware of the importance of making it is as fair and transparent as possible
  • To observe whether the Election Commission has introduced transparent procedures that guarantee electoral impartiality at every stage of the process – from the initial registration of voters to the final counting of ballots ;and beyond;
  • To observe whether the security organs involved in maintaining law and order during the elections are independent, impartial and effective in carrying out their duties;
  • To observe whether the civic and voter’s education materials are precise, informative, effective and cohesive