People of Malaysia Mark Historic Elections; ANFREL Calls on New Government to Strengthen Electoral Democracy

Bangkok, 10 May 2018 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of Malaysia for actively participating in the country’s 14th general elections. It is commendable that the Malaysian people were able to overcome all obstacles that could have prevented them from exercising their democratic right to vote. Civil

ANFREL’s AERC Launches Book on “Electoral Challenges in Asia Today”

ANFREL through its Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC) introduces its latest publication “Electoral Challenges in Asia Today." The book is a compilation of researches conducted by electoral experts from across 13 countries in Asia. It presents what are deemed to be the most pressing challenges to advancing electoral democracy in Asia over

Job Vacancy 2016 – Program Officer

JOB VACANCY OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Formed in November 1997, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has been working to advance the cause of electoral democracy. As part of its overall mission of supporting democratization efforts in Asia, ANFREL focuses its work on three major areas: Election Observation,

Press Statement: Smooth polls mark Thailand referendum, albeit with lingering concerns

For Immediate Release Bangkok, 9 August -- Thailand’s military-drafted constitution was the subject of generally peaceful and smooth polling on Sunday. ANFREL congratulates the people of Thailand for participating in this important electoral exercise. Similarly, the hard work of polling station officials deserves to be recognized for ensuring an efficient and professionally managed

ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum

For Immediate Release 04 August 2016 Bangkok, Thailand ANFREL to Perform Random Polling Station Checks during 2016 Thailand Constitutional Referendum The Asian Network for Free Elections announced that it plans to perform spot checks of polling stations to observe the conduct of the Thai referendum to be held on 7 August 2016.

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Human Rights Monitoring Report (July 2016)

Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities -

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (April – June 2016)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news for the 2nd quarter of 2016.  The e-bulletin highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions and suggestions, feel free to

Bangladesh: Odhikar’s Six-Month Human Rights Monitoring Report

Executive Summary The human rights situation of Bangladesh in the first six months of 2016 was cause for grave concern. After the controversial and farcical Parliamentary elections, political intolerance, lack of effective institutions and wide-spread and varied human rights violations were the main obstacles to the exercise of democracy in Bangladesh. The

Malaysia’s BERSIH 2.0: Moving of Voters across DUN (State Assemblies) and Parliament is against the Federal Constitution

1 July 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malaysia's  Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) earlier today filed a complaint before the Election Commission of Malaysia or Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) and demands for it to "explain why voters have been moved to a different DUN (State Assembly) and Parliament constituency. This happened

ANFREL Statement: Thailand Referendum: Ban on monitoring and free speech against International Norms and Fair Play

For Immediate Release: 30 June 2016 Bangkok, Thailand   Thailand Referendum: Ban on monitoring and free speech against International Norms and Fair Play  ANFREL expresses its serious concern on the Thai government’s decision to ban election monitors and its imposition of strong restrictions against freedom of speech in the light of the

ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016

For Immediate Release 28 June 2016 Bangkok   ANFREL Condemns Police Action against South Korean electoral reform group, Change 2016 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses solidarity with South Korea’s Citizen’s Network for General Election of 2016 (Change 2016) and supports its appeal to the UN Special Rapporteur on the

Afghanistan: FEFA’s statement on the rejection of the Wolesi Jirga on the second presidential decree on electoral reform

Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) PRESS RELEASE Rejection of the second presidential decree on electoral reform; a regrettable act For urgent release June 13, 2016 Unfortunately, Wolesi Jirga rejected the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on the Structure, Duties and Authorities of Electoral Commissions for the second

FEFA’s Press Release: Wolesi Jirga’s decision on presidential decree regarding IEC and ECC duties and authorities

Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) Press Release: Wolesi Jirga's decision on presidential decree   regarding IEC and ECC duties and authorities For immediate release: Kabul1 June 5, 2016 Wolesi Jirga as house of people is supposed to make a historic decision regarding the presidential decree on amendment of the Law on

ANFREL congratulates the Philippines on successful holding of 2016 National and Local Elections, notes challenges ahead

ANFREL congratulates the Philippines on successful holding of 2016 National and Local Elections, notes challenges ahead Manila, Philippines-- The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to congratulate the Philippines for holding the 2016 national and local elections in a generally free and fair manner. ANFREL applauds the Filipino people for their

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (January – March 2016)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period of January – March 2016 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions

ANFREL Quarterly E-bulletin (October – December 2015)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period October – December 2015 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication.

ANFREL Quarterly Bulletin (July – September 2015)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period July - September 2015 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  are encouraging ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions

Vacancy Announcement

Opportunity to Work for International Election Monitoring Group The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), Asia's first regional network of civil society focused in advancing electoral democracy in the region, is seeking for applications from qualified candidates for the following positions in its Myanmar office: National Staff for Logistics and Administration (Work

ANFREL Quarterly E-Bulletin (April – June 2015)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period of April -  June 2015 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  are encouraging ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication.

ANFREL Quarterly E-Bulletin (January – March 2015)

Here is ANFREL’s quarterly newsletter covering the period of January – March 2015. This issue gives you the latest news of ANFREL’s activities and contributions from ANFREL members and network from all over Asia. The E-bulletin is a recently launched ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the

Indonesia’s PERLUDEM introduces Open Web Approach to Innovative Voter Engagement

The election process in Indonesia has gone through significant changes and developments  in  2014. The legislative and presidential elections were considered as the most competitive elections in Indonesia's history. The 2014 elections also introduced innovations to make the electoral process closer to the people. One of the successful innovations is the introduction

ANFREL E-Bulletin Issue No.1

ANFREL's Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC)  is pleased  to introduce its first ONLINE BULLETIN. The first ANFREL E-Bulletin covers election-related news and  ANFREL activities from July - December 2014. ANFREL E-bulletin is a new ANFREL quarterly publication that will contain relevant and important updates regarding the state of electoral democracy in the region. We

Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2015: “A Triumph of the People”

PRESS STATEMENT SRI LANKA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015: “A TRIUMPH OF THE PEOPLE” The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for their commitment to strengthen democracy by participating in the Presidential Election. ANFREL, an independent network of Asian Election Observers, also wishes

ASIAN ELECTION OBSERVERS DEPLOY ACROSS SRI LANKA FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015

Press Release December 29, 2014   ASIAN ELECTION OBSERVERS DEPLOY ACROSS SRI LANKA FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2015 Independent Election Observers from the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) are deployed across Sri Lanka to observe the upcoming Presidential Election which is scheduled to be held on January 8, 2015. The observers from

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