ANFREL’s Pre-Election Observations and Appeal to Voters to Exercise their Right to Vote in the 2024 Indonesia General Elections

DOWNLOAD THE FULL STATEMENT: "ANFREL’s Pre-Election Observations and Appeal to Voters to Exercise their Right to Vote in the 2024 Indonesia General Elections" EN | ID The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) enjoins the people of Indonesia to exercise their right to vote and remain vigilant amid concerns over the threats

FAFEN Urges ECP to Take Notice of Non-Adherence to Legal Requirements by ROs in Results Tabulation

ISLAMABAD, February 12, 2024: Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of non-compliance by the Returning Officers with its instructions that reinforced categoric legal provisions requiring complete transparency at all stages of the election results process including the preparation of provisional and consolidated

FAFEN preliminary election observation report of general election 2024

ISLAMABAD, February 10, 2024: Approximately 60 million voters went to the polls in Pakistan on February 8, 2024, to elect their representatives in 265 National Assembly and 590 Provincial Assembly constituencies in one of the country’s most competitive political contests. The elections followed two tumultuous years of political upheaval, discord and polarization,

100% Reform Now, No More Excuses

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH), along with the coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), youth movements, and students expresses its disappointment and anger regarding the latest developments in the implementation of the reform agenda in this country. The 'gift’ of DNAA (discharged not amounting to acquittal) in corruption cases

ANFREL launches expert mission to observe 2024 Indonesian polls

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched today, 7 February 2024, its international expert election observation mission to the 2024 Indonesian General Election deploying three electoral analysts and seven short-term observers across the country.  Indonesia is heading to the polls on 14 February 2024 to elect a president, vice president, members

FAFEN Emphasizes Legal Prerequisites for Credible Elections

ISLAMABAD, February 6, 2024: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) calls upon all election stakeholders to make collective efforts to ensure that the voters are able to freely cast their ballots on February 8, 2024 and subsequent processes of counting, tabulation and consolidation are conducted in an entirely transparent manner in

FAFEN Analysis of Final Electoral Rolls: More than Half of Pakistan’s Population Registered as Voters for Upcoming Elections

FAFEN Analysis of Final Electoral Rolls: More than Half of Pakistan’s Population Registered as Voters for Upcoming Elections Gender Gap decreased from GE-2018, but persists at 9.9 million FAFEN calls for focused efforts to alleviate under-registration of young women ISLAMABAD, January 31, 2024: With the fifth-highest number of registered voters globally, Pakistan

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

Asian Electoral Review: Advancing Electoral Democracy through Electoral Reforms

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT HERE: "Asian Electoral Review: Advancing Electoral Democracy through Electoral Reforms" The year 2024 has been dubbed as the year of elections with more than 50 countries and territories around the world set to hold national and regional elections.1 In the first quarter of the year alone, Bangladesh and

BERSIH Welcomes Developments in Implementing the Separation of Powers between the AG and Public Prosecutor

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) welcomes the statement issued by the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reforms), YB M. Kulasegaran, yesterday regarding the timeline for implementing the separation of powers between the Attorney General (AG) and the Public Prosecutor (PP). According to him, the

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (8-21 January 2024)

ANFREL had observed that from 8 January to 21 January, Bangladesh had experienced significant political turmoil and controversy surrounding the 12th Parliamentary election which was held on 7 January. Following the conclusion of the 12th Parliamentary Election, the Chief Election Commissioner had announced that the ruling Awami League (AL) had secured a

No DNAA For Corruption Cases Involving Politicians

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to the money laundering case (AMLA) of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak involving funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) amounting to RM27 million, where he was told yesterday he could apply for full acquittal or discharge not amounting to an

Joint Statement: CSOs demand the release of political prisoners and call for fresh elections in Bangladesh

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, voice our deep concern regarding the 12th Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh, which took place on 7 January 2024. The elections were neither genuine nor competitive and raised serious questions about its adherence to democratic principles and international election standards. Numerous reports and evidence point to widespread

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (25 December 2023 – 7 January 2024)

From 25 December 2023 and Election Day on 7 January 2024, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) monitored a political and electoral landscape marred with instances of political violence between Awami League (AL) and independent candidates as well as arson attacks to polling centres and election camps, anti-election campaigns by the

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.

Statement: ANFREL voices profound concern over 2024 Bangladeshi polls, calls for genuine democratic elections

ANFREL voices its profound concern regarding the upcoming 12th Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh, set to take place on 7 January 2024. It is strongly believed that this election is at risk of lacking genuineness and electoral competitiveness, raising serious questions about its adherence to democratic principles and international election standards that assess

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (11-24 December 2023)

In the lead-up to Bangladesh's 12th Parliamentary Election on January 7, 2024, the political landscape continued to witness tensions and conflicts. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies, initiated a countrywide dawn-to-dusk strike on December 19 as part of their non-cooperation movement, amid the continued arrests and imprisonment of their leaders

FAFEN Urges Publication of ROs’ Scrutiny Decisions to Strengthen Transparency

ISLAMABAD, January 1, 2024: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to publish the decisions of the Returning Officers (ROs) regarding objections to nomination of candidates and rejections of nomination papers on its website, which will contribute towards a more informed discourse and strengthen electoral

Redelineation: BERSIH proposes that the Election Commission expands engagements with stakeholders and expedite electoral reform efforts

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) proposes that the Election Commission (EC) engage with all stakeholders in discussions and engagements to obtain their full views and concerns with respect to the redelineation process before the redelineation process actually begins. This is critical to provide clarity and alleviate concerns about the

LENTE releases assessment report on 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in PH

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) released their assessment report and policy recommendations on the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in the Philippines which was held on 30 October 2023. LENTE said the conduct of regular and periodic elections must be ensured and that the capacity of the Commission

Article by BERSIH Chair: Avoid Looking at Local Government Elections from a Racial Perspective

The issue of local government elections has always been racialised and made a sensitive topic. Historically, local government elections have been linked with incidents of unrest related to the nation’s political stability, especially in the 1960s. This eventually led to the suspension of local government elections in the year 1965, and consequently

Kathmandu Declaration on Strengthening Democracy and Promoting Electoral Integrity through Electoral Reforms in Asia

Preamble Recalling and respecting the significant contributions made in the past five editions of the Asian Electoral Stakeholders’ Forum to promote electoral democracy in Asia through exchange of information, experience, mutual assistance, collaboration and partnership among the Election Management Bodies, Civil Societies, Media, Policy makers, Academe, Researchers and the people, Acknowledging the

AESF-VI: Stakeholders affirm dedication to strengthen democracy, promote electoral integrity through electoral reforms

The participants of the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) affirmed their dedication to strengthen democracy and promote electoral integrity through electoral reforms, encapsulated in the Kathmandu Declaration. Around 300 electoral stakeholders from election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, civil society organizations, academe, international NGOs, among others, gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal

16 young, emerging election observers complete 1st Asian Academy for Electoral Integrity program

Sixteen young and emerging election observers and democracy advocates from 10 countries in Asia completed the first Asian Academy for Electoral Integrity program held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 9-13 December 2023. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), through the support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), facilitated the intensive peer-to-peer learning

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