CSOs express concern over upcoming appointment of new EC chairperson in Malaysia

In an open letter, civil society organizations in Malaysia including ANFREL member the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH), expressed "utmost concern" on the upcoming appointment of a new Election Commission (EC) chairperson. The letter said the appointments of two EC commissioners under the current government's administration were done without going

The Appointment Process of New EC Members Contravenes Manifesto and Reformasi Spirit

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) expresses disappointment with the latest appointment of Election Commission (EC) member without parliamentary review. The EC , through a post on their Facebook page, welcomed its newest member, Datuk Haji Sapdin bin Ibrahim, who began his duties on Monday (6 May). This latest development

PRESS STATEMENT: Closing of Polls of the 2024 Parliamentary Election

Transparency Maldives appreciates and thanks the nearly 270 observers and volunteers in our observer network, deployed across the country and abroad in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 206 polling stations. Without them this domestic observation would not have been possible. Transparency Maldives believes that an independent observation effort at

Press statement on the opening of polls for the 2024 Parliamentary Election

Transparency Maldives is observing today’s Parliamentary Elections with an observer network around the country spanning Malé, the atolls, and prisons, as well as abroad in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We thank the nearly 270 observers and volunteers deployed across 205 ballots boxes across the country and abroad for their

SAVE THE DATES: Regional forum on 2024 Super Elections year set for 13-14 May 2024

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) partnered with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL), and the Bangsamoro Information Office (BIO) for the regional forum "One year before the 2025 Philippine Elections: What can we learn from the 2024 Super Election year?" The forum will convene election

Press release on the Findings of the Pre-election Assessment ahead of the 2024 Parliamentary Elections

14 April 2024: Election observation is one of the most important activities conducted by Transparency Maldives in its efforts to strengthen the electoral system and increase people's confidence in elections. Since the first multi-party presidential election in 2008, Transparency Maldives has observed all national elections. Prior to fielding the nation-wide observation, TM

PAFFREL urges EC to invite international election observers to monitor upcoming Presidential poll

The Chairman,The Election Commission.Rajagiriya Inviting the delegation of International Election Observers. Currently, there is an election heat building up in the country, and it seems that political parties have focused their attention on several elections. As per the Constitution, the presidential election should be held before the 17th October 2024, and since

PRESS STATEMENT: Transparency Maldives condemns the continued Abuse of State Resources during the official campaign period of the 2024 Parliamentary Elections

The routine of promises and pledges ahead of an election has become customary and influences the voters’ right to freely choose a candidate. We continue to observe the abuse of state resources, undermining the democratic competitive nature of elections and skewing the level playing field in favour of the incumbent. Transparency Maldives

Federal Government Must Give Public Commitment that the Separation of Powers Between Attorney General and Public Prosecutor Will Be Implemented Before the 2026 Budget

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to a statement by YB Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law and Institutional Reform) yesterday (2 April 2024) that the initiative to separate the powers of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecutor will be implemented

The Prime Minister Needs to Urgently Reform The Mechanism for Appointing Members of the Election Commission

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) urges the Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, and the Federal Government to promptly implement reforms to the process of appointing members of the Election Commission, especially for the position of Chairperson. Tan Sri Abdul Ghani, the Chairman of the EC, is due to retire in

BERSIH Welcomes the Government’s Move to Accord More Autonomy to Parliament, and Urges the Parliamentary Services Act be Tabled Before the End of 2024

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) welcomes Law Minister YB Dato' Sri Azalina Othman Said's statement that the government has agreed in principle to amend the Federal Constitution and re-enact the Parliamentary Services Act (PSA) to grant administrative and financial autonomy to Parliament. PSA is required for the Parliament to

One Year After Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35: A Call for Swift Action on Implementation

On this day last year (8 March 2023), the Bangsamoro Transition Authority passed Bangsamoro Autonomy Act No. 35, also known as the Bangsamoro Electoral Code. The said law embodies the collective aspirations and tireless efforts of both government and non-government stakeholders and represents great progress toward the realization of autonomy under the

Transparency Maldives condemns the instructions by the Local Government Authority to revoke the statement on the Abuse of State Resources issued by the N. Kendhikulhudhoo Council

Transparency Maldives condemns the interference of the Local Government Authority (LGA) by instructing to revoke the statement issued by the N. Kendhikulhudhoo Council. The Council had released a statement on 2 March 2024 condemning the abuse of state resources by the incumbent government during an official event organised by the council. This

Transparency Beyond Procurement is Needed for Public Confidence in the 2025 NLE and 1st BARMM Parliamentary Elections

While concerns arose regarding the integrity of the lone bidder - Miru Systems Co. - for the new Automated Counting Machines (ACM), and the integrity of Miru-developed machines provided to other countries, the transparency in the bidding process must be acknowledged. The involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs), LENTE included, as observers

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

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

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

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

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