Bhojraj Pokharel

Bhojraj Pokharel was the Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal from 2006-2009. During that time, Mr. Pokharel skillfully managed to bring the former Maoist rebels in the democratic electoral processes. He is one of the key architects to ensure more than 33 percent women representation in the parliament and also to make this elected body most inclusive and participative.

Mr. Pokharel has also served as the permanent secretary of various ministries including the Home Affairs and chaired several major private and public enterprises in Nepal. He is also member of various professional organizations including the Transparency International Nepal.

Mr. Pokharel was appointed Member of UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel to oversee the Bangladesh Parliamentary elections in 2008 and Southern Sudan’s Referenda processes in 2010-1011. He was also involved in supporting to create an enabling environment for 2013 Bangladesh Parliamentary election. He was also engaged to support in preparing ground work for a democratic and peaceful 2015 Parliamentary elections in Myanmar. He was also co-leader of the Carter Center's Electoral observation mission in Myanmar's 2015 parliamentary election. Mr. Pokharel is also the member of Kofi Annan Foundation's Electoral Integrity Core Team.

Mr. Pokharel is a senior expert and resource person for facilitation, and for dialogue processes with political leaders, government officials, civil society and the media. He is also engaged in discrete back-channel facilitation and dialogue in Nepal's peace building process.

His book “Nepal Votes for Peace” has shared key lessons in managing a post conflict election. He is a graduate of Tribhuwan University Nepal (MA-Economics) and Harvard University, USA (MPA).

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