Call for Applications: Executive Director

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a dynamic leader to fill the position of Executive Director for a minimum of 3 years. The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and effective management to ANFREL’s Secretariat and strategic direction to the implementation of the organization’s programs as determined by the

Photos: ANFREL releases interim report on 2024 Indonesian general election

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released the interim report on its international expert election observation mission to the 2024 Indonesian General Election in a media briefing on 18 February 2024. The interim report highlighted key electoral issues that showed signed of declining democratic norms and values. ANFREL also recognized the

Interim Report of the ANFREL International Expert Election Observation Mission (IEEOM) to the 2024 Indonesia General Elections

Download the interim report here: "Interim Report of the ANFREL International Expert Election Observation Mission (IEEOM) to the 2024 Indonesia General Elections" EN | ID The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of Indonesia for their unwavering commitment to democracy, demonstrated through their active participation in the electoral process,

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (27 November – 10 December 2023)

Between November 27 and December 10, the political landscape was marked by intense rivalries and controversies. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) continued to declare a countrywide blockade and strike, demanding the cancellation of the election schedule and the resignation of the Awami League (AL)-led government. The AL faced criticism for controversial nominations

ANFREL, FORUM-ASIA host webinar on situation in Bangladesh ahead of 2024 polls

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) hosted a webinar to help understand the political and electoral environment in Bangladesh ahead of the scheduled general election on 7 January 2024. Three speakers shed light on the country's situation including Sanjid Islam of

PHOTOS: Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum – VI

The sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 6-7 December 2023. Almost 300 electoral stakeholders gathered to discuss electoral issues and challenges and identified best practices in addressing them. AESF-VI culminated with the signing of the "Kathmandu Declaration to Strengthen Democracy and Promote Electoral Integrity through Electoral

ECN, ANFREL to host over 200 electoral stakeholders in Kathmandu, Nepal for sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum

Over 200 electoral stakeholders representing Asian election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, think tanks, among others, are gathering in Kathmandu, Nepal from 6 to 7 December 2023 for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI). The Election Commission, Nepal (ECN) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) are co-hosting AESF-VI,

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL Biweekly Election Update (13 – 26 November 2023)

Between 13 and 26 November in Bangladesh, a series of significant political events unfolded, including the announcement of the election schedule for the upcoming election, reflecting the country's tense and dynamic political climate. The period began with the police filing a case against two deceased BNP leaders for violence on October 29.1

ANFREL members recognized for election work, championing FOI

Several ANFREL members were recently recognized for their election work and for championing freedom of information. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) in the Philippines was one of the awardees during the 2023 FOI Awards which recognize government agencies, partners, individuals and civil society organizations that significantly contribute to the development

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL Biweekly Election Update (30 October – 12 November 2023)

In recent events in Bangladesh, the political landscape has been marked by escalating tensions and crackdowns between the ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition parties, primarily the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The AL has pledged to resist what it perceives as 'anarchy' instigated by the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.1 Meanwhile, the Election Commission

ANFREL highlights importance of media in informing the public, monitoring electoral processes to achieve free, fair and democratic elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) participated in a panel discussion about the weaponization of law against press freedom in Southeast Asia on 2 November 2023. The panel discussion, hosted by the Press Freedom Monitoring in Southeast Asia coalition, was organized to commemorate the 2023 International Day to End Impunity for

ANFREL submission to the 46th Session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group on Cambodia

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) filed a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in Cambodia ahead of the 46th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group. ANFREL's submission is based on the pre-election assessment missions it conducted during the 2022 Commune and Sangkat

ANFREL e-Bulletin (July-September 2023)

The opening of the registration for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) and the releasing of the final report on ANFREL's observation of the elections in Thailand and Timor-Leste were among the highlights of the third quarter of 2023. https://anfrel.org/aesf-vi-registration-opens/ ANFREL opened the registration for AESF-VI where various electoral stakeholders can

AESF-VI registration opens

The registration for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) is now open. AESF-VI will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 6-7 December 2023. The online registration is a prerequisite for all those who wish to participate in AESF-VI. Due to limited slots and funding opportunities to support participant, however, the registration

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