Ambassador of Russia to Nepal chaired an Interaction Program on Electoral System of the Russian Federation
(Kathmandu, December 12, 2011)
In the light of the nation-wide elections to the lower house of parliament in Russia the Russian Center for Science
and Culture and Nepal-Russia Friendship Association (NRFA) hosted a special interaction program on electoral practices
exercised in the Russian Federation and their analysis in the context of the ongoing constitution writing in Nepal.
Among participants in the expert-level discussions there were Chairman of Constitutional Committee of the
Constituent Assembly (CA) Mr. Nilambar Acharaya, Chief Election Commissioner Mr. Nil Kantha Upreti and other prominent
figures representing Nepalese mass media, parliamentary parties, Constitutional Lawyer’s Association, NRFA and Mitra
The program took place against the background of revitalizing parliamentary exchanges between the two countries. In
late March 2011 the first-ever delegation of the State Duma (lower house) of the Federal Assembly of the Russian
Federation led by its Deputy Speaker Mr. Valery A.Yazev paid a visit to Nepal. In early October 2011 a group of eminent
CA deputies, including Mr. Agni Kharel, Mr. Laxman Lal Karna and Mr. Khim Lal Devkota who were also speaking at the
program, paid a working visit to Russia to study the architecture of Russian court system.
The gathering showed a vivid interest to the Russian Ambassador’s in-depth analysis of the guiding principles of
Russia’s electoral system and its legal regulations with a special emphasis on theory and practice of election
threshold policies and measures to ensure social inclusiveness and clarity which were unanimously considered
particularly important for the current stage of Nepal’s constitutional development.