Voter registration piloting exercise completes
The Election Commission has just completed the voter registration pilot exercise with the new digital photo and fingerprint recognition system in seven Village Development Committees of five districts- Kathmandu, Solukhumbu, Rupendehi, Dang and Dadeldhura with the Danish assistance.
A two member international appraisal mission was jointly assigned by the DANIDA and DFID to assess the effectiveness of the new voter registration system. The Carter Centre also assigned its observers to these five districts.
A satisfactory feedback was received from the observers as the whole exercise was implemented smoothly. The people who were interviewed were very positive about this new system. "Now nobody can capture my vote", was a phrase often heard. The ultimate objective will be to have an updated voter list reaching out to all eligible voters, cleaned out of possible duplicates.
The UNDP Election Support Project is actively engaged in donor coordination, facilitation and technical backstopping for the whole process since the last one year when it actually started designing the concept and the paper with the Election Commission.
DFID, UNDP join hands to support Election Commission
The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and UNDP Electoral Support Project signed a $ 961,823 cost-sharing agreement to support the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN).
This additional resource will be used to purchase the voter registration equipments such as laptops, webcams, finger print scanners, power generators, server systems for the central and all district election offices.