SUMMARY On November 3, 2018, the ANFREL mission observed peaceful and credible by-elections with no significant incidents that could have negatively impacted the results. The electoral campaign was generally peaceful and in line with that of the 2017 by-elections. Few complaints were made, and the main subject of criticism was related to
Press Release: Launch of ANFREL’s International Election Observation Mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar 2018 By-Elections
Yangon – October 30, 2018 The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) launched on October 29 its international election observation mission to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar’s by-elections, which will be held on November 3. The delegation aims to engage with electoral stakeholders – political parties, civil society organizations, election
ANFREL EOM 2015 Report General & Local Elections Myanmar 2015 Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Election Observation Mission Report The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) was established in 1997, as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organizations focused on elections and election monitoring. It strives to promote and support democratization at national
Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) From the 1stto the 12thof September, ANFREL carried outa two-personexploratory mission to assess the pre-election period in Myanmar before the November 8th General and Local Elections.The team had meetings and conducted interviews with a wide variety of Election Stakeholders throughout the course of their visit. In
A Significant Step for Myanmar’s Democracy that Deserves Continued Vigilance Yangon – The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) wishes to enthusiastically congratulate the people of Myanmar on their holding of General and Local Elections on November 8, 2015. Voters turned out in large numbers to peacefully exercise their democratic right to choose
ANFREL Deploys Short-Term Observers in Myanmar Hoping to See a Transparent and Fair Final Week before Polling
As part of its nationwide Election Observation Mission in the country, the Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) is deploying 27 Short Term Observers(STOs) on November 3rd to observe the final week of the pre-election period and the country’s November 08 Election Day. The STOs will join ANFREL’s 20 Long Term Observers that
[caption id="attachment_3904" align="alignleft" width="513"] ANFREL Long-Term Observers and Support Team at the conclusion of the LTO briefing held in Yangon, Myanmar on October 10th & 11th, 2015[/caption] Yangon, 12 October – The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) deployed 20 Long Term Observers on October 12th to begin observing the pre-election
In order to create awareness about the functioning of a parliament amongst the people of Burma/Myanmar an initiative titled, Training and Parliament Education (TAPE)-Myanmar has been started in the country since February 2013. The implementation of the project follows two years of research, assessments and resource mapping. Several activities have been undertaken
ANFREL-Foundation Chairperson Damaso G Magbual along with Capacity Building Coordinator Mr. Bidhayak Das met Chairperson of the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar U Tin Aye at the UEC office in Napyitaw on July 11. The meeting, which lasted for an hour discussed ways to strengthen electoral reforms initiatives in Myanmar and
Honoring Min Ko Naing and “Examining the Transition to Democracy in Burma” On June 4, 2013, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) was finally able to honor Burmese activist Min Ko Naing with its 2012 Democracy Award at an event in the U.S. Capitol. NED President Carl Gershman presented the award, highlighting Min Ko Naing’s
By Bidhayak Das: From a democracy activist to a parliamentarian, the journey for Aung San Suu Kyi has been long and arduous. She has had to spend the last two decades of her life under house arrest in her struggle to bring human rights, democracy and justice to the people of Myanmar.
Press Statement on the Myanmar by-elections The by-elections in Myanmar marks a historic phase in the country’s transition towards democracy and ANFREL-Foundation takes this opportunity to congratulate the people of Myanmar. The by-elections were extremely significant to sustain the reforms process in Myanmar and strengthen the process of democratization in the future.
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
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Myanmar Election Observation Encouraging But Inadequate BANGKOK, 22 March 2012 – The Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) today noted that while it is a step in the right direction, Myanmar’s decision to allow international observers comes too late, and with too many restrictions. Media reports
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
The somewhat changed situation in Myanmar where there is more space to talk about political developments and read about activities of all other political parties in the newspapers is perhaps a reflection of what’s in store for the country’s future. But to do that there is an absolute need to make use
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.
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) welcomes recent political developments in Burma, progress which includes less censorship of the media; more engagement with the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi, and some ethnic groups; the release of some, though not all, political prisoners; and finally, the re-registration of the NLD as a
On the occasion of the 23rdanniversary of the 8888 people’s uprising in Burma, ANFREL wishes to express itssolidarity with the people that on that day twenty-three years ago todayexpressed their fundamental desire for democratic change. What had begun primarily as a studentprotest expanded over time to include people from all walks of
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,
View Full Report (PDF) The Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB) has long been engaged in working for the people of Burma. This report on the 2010 Elections is, we believe, a useful continuation of that history as well as a helpful contribution to the cause of democracy in Burma.
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has expressed its profound disappointment in the conduct of Myanmar’s 2010 Parliamentary & Regional Assembly Elections. After missing a chance to hold truly free and fair elections, ANFREL hopes that Myanmar’s military junta and the new parliament, once formed, take this post-election period as an opportunity to institute
The National Democratic Institute Cordially Invites You to a World Affairs Briefing on The Burmese Elections: Exposing Fraud & Abuse with Technology Tuesday, November 16 at 10 am Presentations by: Dr. Naing Aung, Secretary General of the Forum for Democracy in Burma, Stephanie Lynn, NDI’s Senior Program Director for Burma, Pat Merloe, NDI’s
TACDB Expresses Its Severe Disappointment in ASEAN and Implores It to Re-Examine Its Approach to Burma’s Junta
The Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB) wishes to express its extreme disappointment in the Association of South East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) embrace of the severely flawed election in Burma. By doing so, ASEAN’s Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan and the members of ASEAN have put the priorities of the Burma Junta above those
This report will attempt to impartially assess the elections against international benchmarks despite the challenges faced in doing so given the restrictions on observation imposed by the regime. The following is a preliminary report of the effort’s main findings. A final report that includes recommendations for vital reform will be published at a later date.
The most controversial election in ASEAN region has been ended. But, vote counting process is still going on. The poll results are still in the pipe line. nonetheless, the public eye returns to Aung San Suu Kyi, who has spent 15 of the past 21 years under arrest but is due to be freed
The National Unity Party (NUP), the second largest party in Burma's general election on Sunday, has conceded defeat to the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), although it accuses the USDP of winning the election illegally. The NUP—formed by loyalists to late dictator Gen Ne Win who was forced from power
ANFREL Calls for the Myanmar UEC and SPDC to Clarify and Seriously Investigate Advance Voting Activities and Counting Process Irregularities
The Asian Network For Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) calls attention to an important point from November 7th & 8th‘s counting activities that requires the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar to urgently clarify why the counting process was not made transparent to the public and the media beginning with