Election process in Myanmar, peaceful — PACE

First published on PACE's website on 9 November 2020. The People's Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE) said the election process in Myanmar was peaceful with no major incidents recorded. This is what PACE said in the preliminary findings of their observation of the 2020 Myanmar General Elections. PACE acknowledged the efforts of

Polling Stations Open on Time with COVID-19 Precautions and No Major Reported Incidents — PACE

ANFREL member in Myanmar, People's Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE), released the initial findings of their observation of the opening of polls in the 2020 Myanmar General Elections on 8 November 2020. PACE said they received isolated reports of observers not allowed to enter polling stations initially but was later resolved except

Instead of postponing elections, let us make sure that they happen, even during a pandemic

First published on NAMFREL's Facebook Page on 25 September 2020. NAMFREL today emphasized the importance of holding the 2022 elections as scheduled, as mandated by the Philippine Constitution, despite the pandemic. This is in response to Pampanga 2nd District Rep. Mikey Arroyo's suggestion for the Comelec to consider postponing the 2022 elections.

The Commission’s Decision Poses a Major Hindrance in Election Observation Process — PACE

First published on the website of PACE on 24 August 2020. The Union Election Commission stated that it will grant accreditation letter to PACE (People’s Alliance for Credible Elections) only after PACE has been registered under Association Registration Law, even though it stated earlier that accreditation for election observation in 2020 General

NAMFREL calls for safer voter registration process

NAMFREL Press Statement, August 18, 2020 The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) welcomes the decision of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to resume the registration of voters for the 2022 elections on September 1 nationwide, except in areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or Modified ECQ. NAMFREL also commends the

PACE raises concern over domestic election observation restrictions in Myanmar

First published on the website of PACE on 13 August 2020. Press Statement – Restrictions on Observation PACE Concerned that Restrictions on Domestic Election Observation of 2020 General Elections will Decrease the Transparency and Credibility of the Election 13 August 2020, Yangon The Union Election Commission (UEC) has responded to the application

COVID-19 and Elections: VEC/WSP fosters youth and women engagement in 2020 Mongolian Parliamentary Election through voter education

More than two million registered voters in Mongolia are heading to the polls on 24 June 2020 to elect a new set of parliamentarians. As part of their engagement in the election, ANFREL member in Mongolia, the Women for Social Progress through their Voter Education Center (VEC/WSP), implemented voter education activities focusing

COVID-19 and Elections: The Constitutional Crisis of the Delay in Local Council Elections in Maldives, Explained

ANFREL member in Maldives, the Transparency Maldives, explained the constitutional crisis brought about by the delay in the conduct of the Local Council Elections. The elections, which were supposed to take place on 4 April 2020, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay, however, meant that the legal terms of

Odhikar publishes Bangladesh 1Q 2020 human rights report

The confidence in the government and the electoral system of Bangladesh continue to decline as lack of interest in the local elections held in the first quarter of 2020 amid the rampant fraudulent activities was observed, human rights organization Odhikar said in their 2020 first quarter report. "Several by-elections of the Jatiya

COVID-19 and Elections: Indonesian Election CSOs recommend factors to consider on election postponements

With Indonesia postponing the local elections scheduled for 23 September 2020 to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, several election civil society organizations recommended factors to consider on declaring election postponements. Election CSOs composed of ANFREL members Perludem and KIPP Indonesia (Independent Committee for Elections Monitoring Indonesia), with the People's Voter

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

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

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;

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

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

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