National Endowment for Democracy’s Call for Applications: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowships

Call for Applications: Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowships Washington, D.C. The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the Washington, DC–based National Endowment for Democracy invites applications for fellowships in 2013–2014. This federally funded program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote

ANFREL coordinators in Kuala Lumpur to Meet with Election Commission

Two of ANFREL’s coordinators recently met with the Secretary of the Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Malaysia, the Malaysian Election Commission, Datuk Kamaruddin bin Mohamed Baria. The two ANFREL representatives were in Kuala Lumpur to meet members of the election commission and other election stakeholders.  At the meeting with the SPR, ANFREL discussed

ANFREL ANNUAL REPORT 2011

          ANFREL ANNUAL REPORT 2011   Asian  election  observation  has become   more  well  known in  election circles over the course of the last few years. Yet manuals  and handbooks  on  election observation too often fail to mention a key factor in the importance of election observation, particularly

Timor-Leste Goes to the Polls

July 7th, 2012 Timor-Leste Election Primer • Parliamentary Elections in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste are scheduled for Saturday the 7th of July. The election will determine the country’s members of parliament and, as a result, will eventually determine the country’s next Prime Minister. The Secretariado Technico Administrasaun be Elesaun (STAE) has

ANFREL joined NDI and UNEAD for the official public launch of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations (GNDEM)

  GENDEM was launched on 3rd – 5th April 2012 ANFREL was part of the drafting committee as invited by NDI and UNEAD since 2010.   Those organizations who participated at the UN building were OAS, UNEAD, OSCE/ODIHR, Carter Centre, LADE, EAD, SuGDE, APEM, MOE, Obscianske OKO, ISFED, TMG, COMFREL, NDI, WAEON.  

Bangkok Post: ANFREL Calls for Myanmar Sincerity

Myanmar's "political openness should be unconditional", the chief of an Asian election watchdog said on Thursday after she and two aides were deported from the country. Asian Networks for Free Elections (Anfrel) executive director Somsri Hananuntasuk said she was forced by the Myanmar authorities to leave the country on Tuesday night and

สดจากย่างกุ้ง วัฒนธรรมทางการเมืองพม่าเปลี่ยนไปจริงหรือ? (ชมโปสเตอร์หาเสียงThe lady)

ก่อนการเลือกตั้งในพม่า วันที่ 1 เมษายน 2555  การเลือกตั้งที่ทั่วโลก จับตามองว่า จะเป็นจุดเปลี่ยนครั้งใหญ่หรือแค่ละครสลับฉาก  "สมศรี หาญอนันทสุข" เครือข่ายเอเชียเพื่อการเลือกตั้งเสรี (มูลนิธิอันเฟรล)  เดินทางเข้าไปสังเกตการณ์บรรยากาศการเมืองก่อนการเลือกตั้ง     เธอส่งรายงานมายัง "มติชนออนไลน์" จากกรุงย่างกุ้ง มีบทพิสูจน์ระดับหนึ่งถึงการเปลี่ยนไปของบรรยากาศทางการเมืองพม่าก่อนการเลือกตั้งวันที่ 1 เมษายนนี้  นั่นก็คือการแก้ไขกฏหมายเปิดทางให้นาง อองซานซูจี หรือที่เรียกนามเธอทั่วๆไปกันในประเทศว่า “the lady” ลงแข่งขันเลือกตั้งโดยสมัครในนามพรรค สันนิบาต แห่งชาติเพื่อประชาธิปไตย (National League for Democracy) หรือ พรรค NLD ได้ทำให้ประเทศพม่ามีสีสรรค์ขึ้นบ้าง  แม้จะเป็นการเลือกตั้งซ่อมใน 10 เขต สำหรับที่นั่งที่หายไปเพราะสส. 48 คนได้ถูกแต่งตั้งไปอยู่ในตำแหน่งต่างๆของรัฐบาลก็ตาม มีการประเมินกันว่า แม้ว่า พรรค NLD จะไม่ได้หวังมากว่าจะได้ที่นั่งในเขตเมืองหลวงใหม่ Nay Pyi Daw แต่โดยรวมก็น่าจะได้ที่นั่ง 30 ที่นั่งขึ้นไป

The Race for No.1 has begun: Candidates for Governor in Aceh Pledge for Peaceful Elections & ANFREL Observes in Aceh

  On 14 March 2012, five pairs of gubernatorial candidates in the Aceh Elections made pledges for a non-violent electoral race in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.  The candidates also committed to respect people’s freedom to exercise their rights and to maintain order and peace as their top priority. The candidates also

Brief Timeline of Political Events in Burma

2012 January Government signs ceasefire with rebels of Karen ethnic group. Burmese presidential special peace envoy and Rail Transportation Minister Aung Min has offered two exile-based democratic groups to meet for political talks the first week of February, said group leaders. The Karen National Union (KNU) and Burmese government peace delegations signed

Asian Civic Group to Observe Taiwan Elections

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) A civic group comprising of members from Asian democracies is scheduled to visit Taiwan next week to observe the Jan. 14 legislative and presidential elections, the Taipei-based Civil Congress Watch (CCW) said Friday. A delegation of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), an organization that has members

ANFREL Releases Chart on Political Rights and Civil Liberties in Asia

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) recently released a chart assigning a score for political rights and civil liberties to 30 countries in Asia. The chart can be viewed below.

Bangkok Post: ANFREL – Advance voting went well

While commending Sunday's advance voting as relatively well managed, the Asian Network for Free Election (Anfrel) has urged the Election Commission (EC) to place more emphasis on the quality of polling booth officials and called for transparent storage and counting of ballots and transporting of votes cast outside home provinces. The Anfrel

Turkish Weekly: Asian Election Monitors Decry Violence in Thai Campaign

An international organization is appealing for party leaders in Thailand to ask their supporters to end violence and stop obstructing the campaign processes of their opponents. The Asian Network for Free Elections, supported by private-sector groups in 11 countries, said Tuesday it has recorded several cases of threats and intimidation during the

Bangkok Post: Monitor Team to Keep Eye on Electioneering, Starting Today

The Asian Network for Free Elections will begin its monitoring of Thailand's general election Tuesday, with vote-buying and political violence among its top concerns. The poll watcher urged Thai citizens to report any unusual circumstances in their localities, while the media, the Election Commission of Thailand and political parties contesting the poll

The Nation: ANFREL to Monitor Thai Election

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) announced Monday it would dispatch 60 volunteers from 24 countries to 77 provinces monitor the situation ahead of the July 3 election. ANFREL director Somsri Harnananthasuk told a press conference that the first group of ANFREL observers would go out to provinces on Tuesday. Later

Thai Political Timeline

6 Jan 2001 Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party win general elections on a populist platform of economic growth and development. He wins control of 296 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Jan 2004 Muslim radicals launch an insurgency in the southern provinces. Thaksin responds with a

Bangkok Post: Candidates Register, Prep for Election

Election candidates nationwide began registering for the race in the constituency system yesterday, the first day of registration. In several constituencies, former MPs still banned from politics fielded their political proteges in hopes of maintaining the ranks of their candidates. In the provinces, single-seat constituency registrations for 375 MPs were held at

West Bengal, Assam Election Results

A round-up of the day's events: Tarun Gogoi-led Congress swept the polls bagging a near two-thirds majority to retain power in Assam, making it a straightforward result right from the onset. And Gogoi is expected to take up the position as CM for the third-time in a row.

Election Code of Conduct Signed : Thailand

Pledge by political parties not to engage in violence, and respect results Today representatives from 19 political parties signed a code of conduct for the election campaign, pledging themselves to a set of principles for a free and fair election. This code of conduct is an important sign of cooperation between political

Will ASEAN Give Chair to Burma Despite Rights Record?

In view of many international observers, the Association of South-East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) negligence to take firm position on Burma (Myanmar) has become its Achilles’ heel. As usual, the association’s statement proves member-countries’ lack of collective will to take a strong position against Burma. Changing itself into a semi-civilian regime through vote-rigging,

Bangkok Post: Pheu Thai Party Leads the Charge

Two recent opinion polls show the opposition Pheu Thai Party as most likely to win the general election. One poll result, conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) during May 2-3 from 1,203 samples across the country, showed 23.36% of respondents would vote for the Pheu Thai Party, 20.20% for

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