ANFREL releases new publication on electoral reforms in Asia

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released a compilation of country reports which looked at election environments in 15 countries in Asia offering electoral reform recommendations to address issues and challenges in the region.

The “Asian Electoral Review: Advancing Electoral Democracy through Electoral Reforms” was released in a hybrid in-person and online event on 25 January 2024 at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand. 

In a panel discussion, Omar Nunarnan and Krit Seangsurin of We Watch from Thailand, Salahudin Safdar of the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) from Pakistan and Khoirunnisa Nur Agustyati of PERLUDEM from Indonesia shared key findings of their reports and electoral reform agenda in their countries.

Salahuddin Safdar of Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) shares the situation in Pakistan with the upcoming elections scheduled on 8 February 2024.
Omar Nunarnan of We Watch shares key electoral issue and challenges in Thailand.

The panel discussion highlighted emerging thematic issues on the independence of election management bodies, confidence and trust of electoral stakeholders on the integrity of elections, campaign finance issues, voter registration and expansion of voting rights, transparency on election-related data, and inclusiveness and representation of vulnerable sectors in elections.

The countries covered in the report include: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste. 

ANFREL hopes that the Asian Electoral Review would play a crucial role in promoting electoral reform by serving as a region-wide advocacy campaign in tracking successes and milestones on the proposals on electoral reforms. 

ANFREL invites policymakers, academics, the media and civil society organizations seeking to understand and address issues related to electoral reforms to read through and ponder upon the analysis and recommendations compiled in this new publication.

Ona Caritos of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) addresses inquiry on the integrity of automated election systems.
James Kan of the Citizens Congress Watch shares challenges of electoral campaign finance in Taiwan.

The “Asian Electoral Review: Advancing Electoral Democracy through Electoral Reforms” has been funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The views expressed in this publication are the author's alone and are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government.

Watch the live recording of the report launch and panel discussion here:

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