ANFREL e-Bulletin (October-December 2023)

About 300 electoral stakeholders gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal on 6-7 December 2023 for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) while 16 young and emerging election observers and democracy advocates completed the first Asian Academy for Electoral Integrity (AAEI) were some of the highlights of the fourth quarter of 2023 for ANFREL.

ANFREL and Election Commission, Nepal, in partnership with the General Election Observation Committee (GEOC) and the National Election Observation Committee (NEOC), successfully mounted the sixth iteration of AESF where representatives from election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, civil society organizations, academe, international NGOs affirmed their commitment to strengthen democracy and promote electoral integrity through electoral reforms.

This affirmation was encapsulated in the "Kathmandu Declaration on Strengthening Democracy and Promoting Electoral Integrity through Electoral Reforms in Asia" formed through the discussions and presentations during the two-day event.

Meanwhile, 16 young and emerging election observers and democracy advocates from 10 countries in Asia completed AAEI, a peer-to-peer learning program which enhanced the fellows’ understanding of democratic processes, educated them about the different types of electoral systems and recurring electoral integrity issues, and foster respectful and constructive election integrity discourse and engagement. Held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 9-13 December 2023, AAEI was made possible through the support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

As Bangladesh headed to the polls on 7 January 2024, ANFREL has been publishing biweekly briefer on news and updates in the country to shed light on the incidents that shape the electoral landscape. ANFREL also hosted a webinar to discuss the situation in Bangladesh prior to the elections. In a statement, ANFREL voiced its concern on the election as the risk of lacking genuiness and electoral competitiveness raised serious questions about the elections' adherence to democratic principles and international election standards.

To know more about ANFREL news and updates in the fourth quarter of 2023, visit ANFREL Newsletter e-Bulletin (October-December 2023).

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