NUP Concedes Defeat

The National Unity Party (NUP), the second largest party in Burma's general election on Sunday, has conceded defeat to the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), although it accuses the USDP of winning the election illegally. The NUP—formed by loyalists to late dictator Gen Ne Win who was forced from power

ANFREL Calls for the Myanmar UEC and SPDC to Clarify and Seriously Investigate Advance Voting Activities and Counting Process Irregularities

The Asian Network For Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) calls attention to an important point from November 7th & 8th‘s counting activities that requires the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar to urgently clarify why the counting process was not made transparent to the public and the media beginning with

Burma Declares State of Emergency After Poll

Burma has been placed under a 90-day state of emergency after holding its first election in 20 years. Emergency rule to prevent political gatherings has been in place for three months in the lead-up to the poll. The state of emergency prevents further political gatherings and stops soldiers from leaving the military

Declaration by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on behalf of the European Union on the elections in Burma/Myanmar

1. Today, the first elections were held in Burma/Myanmar, since those of 1990 whose results were never implemented. 2. Elections in themselves do not make a country democratic; nevertheless they should offer the opportunity for a new beginning and greater pluralism. The EU regrets therefore that the authorities did not take the necessary steps to ensure a

Irrawaddy: Inside Burma

Post-election Chief Ministers already selected, sources say - Ba Kaung The Burmese regime has reportedly already selected several formervhigh-ranking military officials as the future chief ministers for regionalvand state governments to be formed after the Nov. 7 election. All the selected retired military officials are candidates of the junta's proxy Union Solidarity and

NDT: Burma Bars Foreign Reporters & Monitors from National Election

Burma’s military rulers say international poll monitors and foreign journalists will be barred from the country’s first election in 20 years. The United States, Britain and Burma’s Southeast Asian neighbors have urged the military junta to allow independent election monitors at the November 7 election. Critics say the election will actually strengthen

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Junta’s Elections on 7 November 2010 is to Justify Five Decades of Military Rule

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for the international community not to recognize junta’s planned 2010 election and its results. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD), victor of 1990 election, decided unanimously to boycott the junta’s planned sham 2010 election due to its unfair electoral laws. Without the

Shan Artists Banded to Uncover Burma’s Sham 2010 Elections

Chiang Mai, Thailand: More than 30 well-known Shan artists  and activists teamed up with Thai border-based community groups in producing a new VCD, exposing the truth about Burma's SPDC-controlled 2010 Elections and possible post-election impacts on the people. The Shan language VCD, which was yesterday officially launched in Chiang Mai, Thailand, features

NLD and Ethnic Leaders Tour Kachin State

Several leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma's recently dissolved main opposition party, are traveling in Kachin State with a prominent ethnic leader to meet with local party members and lobby for a boycott of next month's election. NLD central executive committee member Ohn Kyaing told The Irrawaddy that he

ANFREL: ‘The curtain will be closed’

The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) was established in 1997 as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organizations. Its director, Somsri Hananuntasuk, has just returned from Afghanistan where the group was allowed to freely monitor the polls, interview candidates and hold press conferences. It’s a world away from Burma, she tells DVB, where

USDA Campaigns with Cash in Kachin Churches

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is backed by Burma’s military, is campaigning ethnic Kachin churches, using small donations to gain votes on November 7th, according to Kachin church sources. On October 11, USDP candidate, U Thein Zaw, campaigned at the Kachin Roman Catholic Church in Gat Shang Yang Village,

NDI: Afghanistan Election Update

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has invalidated votes from more than 442 polling centers and is recounting votes from an additional 828 centers. The decisions came after IEC tally center staff in Kabul identified irregularities in results forms retrieved from the provinces. Irregularities included a suspiciously high number of votes recorded for individual candidates and forms that

NAMFREL Concludes Participation in the 2010 Afghanistan Wolesi Jirga Election

NAMFREL participated as election observers in the September 18 Wolesi Jirga (parliamentary) elections in Afghanistan. Senior Operations Associate Paolo B. Maligaya, and Bantay ng Bayan coordinator Kristine Marie D. Tapiz, were deployed as long-term observers in Balkh province and Kapisa province, respectively, as members of the just-concluded observation mission of the Asian Network

Afghanistan Tackling Almost 4,000 Poll Complaints

KABUL - Afghanistan's electoral watchdog said Wednesday it was dealing with almost 4,000 complaints over the parliamentary election, which has been tainted by accusations of fraud and Taliban intimidation. Election officials said 4.3 million Afghans voted on Saturday despite insurgent threats and attacks, in their second parliamentary poll since the 2001 US-led

Threats Cut Election Turnout in Afghanistan

KABUL—Taliban intimidation and violence during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections kept many voters away from the polls, producing the lowest turnout in any Afghan election since the U.S. invasion in 2001, amid reports of widespread fraud. "Ballot-stuffing was seen to varying extents in most provinces," said the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan,

Ban Ki-moon Praises Afghan Vote

Mr Ban Ki-moon noted that the participation of over 2,500 election contestants, including 400 women was a significant step for the civil society of Afghanistan. He also admired the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces for maintaining security during this democratic process that took place in more than 5,000 polling centres.

56 People Detained for Using Fake Votes in Logar

Fifty-six people, half of whom were election workers, were detained for stuffing ballot boxes with fake votes in central Logar province, officials said. The suspects were detained on Saturday after polling centres closed in Dobandi area of Khwakhi district, Zarghone area of Muhammad Aghan district and Barakibarak district and Porak village of

IEC Calls the Elections a Success

IEC announced on Saturday evening that the Afghan parliamentary elections ended successfully despite fears of fraud and Taliban attacks Although there were some who attempted to commit fraud, but it wasn't possible because the IEC was closely monitoring everything, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Fazal Ahmad Manawi, told reporters at

Campaign Ends as Afghanistan Readies for Vote

KABUL - Campaigning for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections formally ends at midnight Wednesday, when thousands of candidates must take a break from hustings ahead of Saturday's poll. In cities across the country, almost every available inch of public space has been festooned with election posters showing photographs of the candidates and the symbol

NDI: Afghan Election Update

Most of Afghanistan’s political parties were unable to register in time to get their names on the Sept. 18 election ballot as a result of requirements in a new election law passed in September 2009. Before the new law was passed, more than 100 parties had registered with the Ministry of Justice (M0J). But

Profiles of Union Election Commission Members

Shortly after the promulgation of the Union Election Commission Law in March, Burma's junta appointed a Union Election Commission of 18 members. The commission is led by former major-general Thein Soe, who has served as a military judge advocate-general and deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court. The Irrawaddy compiled brief profiles

More Efforts Needed for Change and Long Term Commitment for Democracy: ANFREL

KABUL - The Asian Network for Free Elections comprising of 30 citizen observers from 11 countries across Asia, congratulate the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the Wolesi Jirga Election.The September 18th election is another milestone towards strengthening democracy and respect the rule of law. The statement covers the pre election

ANFREL: Government Assets Used in Wolesi Jirga Polls

KABUL - Strong and resourceful candidates, expropriating government assets and machinery, attempted to influence Saturday's Wolesi Jirga elections, an observer group alleged on Wednesday. Threats, violence and money were widely acknowledged as an effective strategy to win the electoral battle, preventing many candidates from contest the polls freely, said the Asian Network

NDI: Afghan Election Update

On Aug.18, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) posted the final list of polling centers (PCs) for the 2010 Wolesi Jirga elections comprising 5,897 PCs with 18,762 polling stations (PSs). To generate this list, Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), in cooperation with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), led an initial threat assessment to determine locations secure

NDI: Afghan Election Update

For the 2010 Afghan Wolesi Jirga elections, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is conducting an observation mission and analyz- ing the electoral process before, during and after election day. This mission involves more than 140 international analysts and Afghan observers throughout the country. For more information, visit NDI.org and AfghanistanElectionData.org.

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