BERSIH Calls for Structural Reforms of MACC and Commissioner Appointment Mechanism to Strengthen Independence and Accountability

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) has launched a comprehensive study on the Reform of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) during an event with Rasuah Busters at Karangkraf, Shah Alam, yesterday. BERSIH believes that the current structure of the MACC has many weaknesses and gaps, especially when the institution was

Bersih launches research paper on MACC

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) released a commissioned research paper on the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission, 18 July 2024. The report titled "Strengthening the Independence and Accountability of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission: Problems, Case Studies, and Reform Strategies" presented key institutional issues that tackle independence, accountability and constitutional

NAMFREL Position Paper on the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Elections and Election-Related Activities

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay and it is finding applications in many areas including elections. While AI’s potential for improving electoral processes is recognized, what has been highlighted is the misuse and abuse of the technology as seen in recent elections worldwide. In Indonesia, the use of AI and deepfakes

BERSIH Meets Deputy Prime Minister II, Emphasizes Fair Delineation and Advance Voting in Memorandum for Electoral and Institutional Reform

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) met with the Deputy Prime Minister II, Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, in Parliament today (9 July 2024). BERSIH took this opportunity to submit a memorandum detailing the proposed reform agenda, particularly on the issues of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation for Members of

Pork-Barrel Politics in Sungai Bakap By-Election

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) condemns the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the Madani Government will establish a Senior Citizen Center (PAWE) and build a Tamil school in Sungai Bakap if they win in the Sungai Bakap by-election. The announcement, made at the

New Election Commission Chairperson: After hat-trick of broken promise by Unity Government, what is left for electoral reform?

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) expresses our deepest disappointment in the Unity Government and Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim for violating their election promise for the third time in appointing an election commissioner without undergoing Parliamentary committees. This is done despite the chair of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee on

Madani Government Should Not Become What They Once Despised

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) refers to the recent announcements of new allocations made by Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister of Housing and Local Government Nga Kor Ming in Penang. On June 11, Prime Minister Anwar, through his political secretary Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, delivered contributions worth RM290,000

A Balanced Approach to Artificial Intelligence for the 2025 PH Elections: Ethical Guidelines, Transparency Approaches, and Political Education

LENTE recognizes that advancements in Artificial Intelligence, such as generative AI, are increasingly used in information/influence operations or misused to peddle disinformation, particularly within the context of elections. The use of deepfakes in the elections of Indonesia and India this year or during the Nigerian and Slovakian elections last year, as well

Transparency Maldives launches Short Movie Challenge for Youth Content Creators

Transparency Maldives invited young content creators and advocates in the country to join the Short Movie Challenge. Registration deadline is on 20 June 2024. The films produced should be around the themes of gender equality, youth empowerment and civil engagement, mental health awareness and support, and human rights and anti-corruption. Participants must

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

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