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80 Asian election observers arrive in Nepali capital
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21:48, April 03, 2008

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A total of 80 Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) observers arrived in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Thursday, reported the local media houses' website nepalnews.com.

The group of observers is led by General Saiyud Kerdphol (Retd.), former Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Army and current chairman of the ANFREL, arrived in Kathmandu to lead the ANFREL mission to Nepal for the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

General Saiyud is being accompanied by Damaso G. Magbual from the Philippines, Deputy Chief of Mission and spokesperson for the ANFREL and 78 other observers from Asia.

This brings the total number of ANFREL observers to over 100 from 22 Asian countries, the ANFREL said in a statement.

The ANFREL is conducting one of the largest observation missions in Nepal. Its 20 long term observers have already been deployed in the field since 14 March 2008.

Other members of the observation team include Kingsley Rodrigo, the Chair of the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) in Sri Lanka and Secretary General of the ANFREL, Koul Panha, Executive Director of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL), Prof. Nobuhiko Suto, Professor atTokai University, Japan, Tomas Do Rosario Cabral (East Timor), Director of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration(STAE) in Timor Leste, Sakool Zuesongdham, board member of the Poll Watch Foundation, Thailand and former member of the Election Commission of Thailand, besides other leading civil society representatives from Asia.

Source: Xinhua

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