"They now have a critical responsibility to ensure that voters can freely exercise their democratic right in a secret ballot, without fear of violence, intimidation or manipulation," said the Secretary General, adding, "So much hinges on the success of the election, and the acceptance by all of the will of the people."
He went on to say that the election is "an opportunity not only to reinvigorate democracy, and uphold the centrality of human rights, but also to further cement the peace process in Nepal... This Constituent Assembly election is a historic milestone for the people of Nepal. You have waited long and patiently for this day to come."
Ban Ki-moon also pointed out that the international community is closely monitoring the election process, nepalnews.com reported.