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.
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.
Monitoring election, training voters and stake holders on issues related to voters rights and necessities of election being fair and free.
Establishment of stable democracy in the country through free and fair periodic elections.