ANFREL Newsletter (January-March 2020)

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) published the first edition for 2020 of its quarterly newsletter e-Bulletin. In this issue, ANFREL highlights the discussion on elections in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. ANFREL, in a statement, expressed concern and regarded the postponements of elections as reasonable measures, "as long as

2020 Taiwanese poll a success for democracy despite challenges — ANFREL

The 2020 Taiwanese General Election was conducted smoothly and transparently, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) found in their study mission saying it demonstrated the robust democracy that Taiwan has become. On 11 January 2020, over 19 million registered voters of the Republic of China (also referred to as Taiwan) went

Stop Violence Against Women to Ensure Gender Equality — Odhikar

Statement to commemorate International Women's Day Dhaka: March 06, 2020 Odhikar is observing International Women’s Day on 8th March 2020, with deep concern, as women in Bangladesh are subjected to unchecked, widespread gender-based violence. Domestic abuse against women are a routine phenomenon and forms of discrimination against them are prevalent in every

ANFREL is hiring: Logistics Officer in Myanmar

ANFREL is looking for a dynamic person to fill the new position of Logistic Officer for ANFREL Myanmar Program. The Logistic Officer will work with ANFREL’s team in Myanmar in supporting activities for all programs and ahead of the upcoming general elections. The Logistic Officer will be tasked with the following: -

Final Election Results and the Path After It

Statement of the Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) on the final result of the 2019 Afghan Presidential Election Finally, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) could announce final results of the 2019 Afghan presidential elections with 5 months delay. It was expected that all electoral tickets accept the final election

TEFA’s Press Release on EMBs’ Conflict over Carrying out ECC’s Decisions

First published on the website of TEFA on 17 February 2020. Exactly 13 days have passed since the initial announcement of ECC’s decisions were made over adjudication of electoral complaints, and IEC too, on its part, embraced ECC’s call, acted accordingly, and began carrying out their decisions; however, TEFA’s observation findings highlight

TEFA’s press release on the long-awaited completion of the 2019 Presidential electoral complaints adjudication process

5 February 2020 Announcement of the preliminary and final results of the 2019 election was contingent upon the final work of ECC, and finally as of yesterday, this commission managed to openly share on its works. For over a month, all election stakeholders were desperately waiting to know about ECC's final decision;

Final Mission Report: 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election

On January 31, 2020, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released its comprehensive assessment on the conduct of the 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Elections. To access the report, please click the link below: The 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election: A Deepening Political Divide Executive Summary The Eighth Presidential Election was held

ANFREL is Hiring: Program Officer for Campaign and Advocacy

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a dynamic person to fill the position of Program Officer for Campaign and Advocacy. The program officer will be responsible for implementing ANFREL's advocacy efforts and public campaigns including writing of press statements, reports, and coordination with ANFREL members, among other things.

ANFREL releases 2019-4Q E-Bulletin

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released the latest edition of its quarterly e-newsletter E-Bulletin. For the last quarter of 2019, ANFREL successfully concluded its international election observation mission for the 2019 Sri Lanka Presidential Election in November, organized trainings for election monitors in Myanmar and Thailand, and elected a new

ANFREL launches election monitoring handbook for Thai CSOs

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched its first election monitoring handbook for civil society organizations in Thailand. Tailor-fitted to address the needs of emerging domestic election watchdog organizations in the country, the Election Monitoring Handbook for CSOs in Thailand aims to help election monitors in pursuing significant initiatives on their

Ensuring electoral justice depends on transparent, legal and on-time performance of ECC

First published on the website of FEFA on 1 January 2020. The Free and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) appreciates efforts of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) for addressing accurately the complaints related to the preliminary results of the presidential election conducted on September 28th 2019, but also expresses its

2019 Preliminary Election Result Announced Under No Authentic or Disaggregated Data by Voters, PCs and PSs

First published on the website of TEFA on 22 December 2019. Kabul: IEC, 84 days after E-Day and with repetitive violation of the election calendar, finally managed to announce the preliminary result of the 2019 Presidential Election which TEFA embraces and accepts as an accomplishment of a serious milestone; however, it is

ANFREL, MJN hold media consultation meeting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), in partnership with the Myanmar Journalist Network, organized the first of two consultation meetings with members of the media in Myanmar on 18 December 2019.Eleven journalists from seven states/regions in the Central and Southern part of Myanmar discussed the issues and challenges they face in

ANFREL is Hiring: Project Associate for Capacity Building for Media and Civil Society in Myanmar

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a dynamic person to fill the new position of Project Associate for a Capacity Building program titled “Empowering Media and Civil Society: A Consolidated Approach to Myanmar’s 2020 Elections.” The Project Associate will work with ANFREL’s Program Officer in Myanmar in implementing

Call for Application: Internship Opportunity at ANFREL Myanmar Program Office

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) office in Myanmar is now accepting applications for its three-month internship program beginning January 2020. The intern will assist in logistics, finance, and administration needs of ANFREL Myanmar office including coordination and research tasks. The intern will receive a monthly travel allowance for the duration

PRESS RELEASE: An extension of terms without an election

Press Release 4 December 2019 NAMFREL today emphasized the importance of elected officials submitting themselves to regular elections to receive a fresh mandate from their constituents. This is in reaction to the proposed postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) to December 2022, which has just been signed into law

STATEMENT: Current electoral status requires deep restraint by election stakeholders, legal and peaceful corrective measures needed – TEFA

First published on the website of TEFA on 28 November 2019. 28. Nov.2019 KABUL – TEFA’s observation findings reveal that the 2019 presidential electoral process is severely harmed by technical and managerial challenges which can in turn undermine electoral integrity. Amidst this existing problematic and highly vulnerable electoral atmosphere, TEFA strongly believes

STATEMENT: Current state of election process requires efficient, transparent management of IEC, stakeholders’ cooperation needed — FEFA

First published on the website of FEFA on 27 November 2019. For immediate release The Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), is quite concerned about the current state of the elections. FEFA believes that, IEC failed in timely announcement of preliminary results, complying with the election calendar and to manage

STATEMENT: ANFREL joins call for immediate resolution of Ampatuan Massacre case, enjoins int’l community to be vigilant

It has been 10 long years since the Ampatuan Massacre happened in Ampatuan town of Maguindanao, south of the Philippines where 58 people were killed, including 32 journalists and media workers, in one of the most brutal election-related violence recorded. On November 23, 2009, Genalin Mangudadatu, her sisters-in-law, and other relatives made

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