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

2020 Taiwanese poll a success for democracy despite challenges — ANFREL

The 2020 Taiwanese General Election was conducted smoothly and transparently, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) found in their study mission saying it demonstrated the robust democracy that Taiwan has become. On 11 January 2020, over 19 million registered voters of the Republic of China (also referred to as Taiwan) went

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

2019 Preliminary Election Result Announced Under No Authentic or Disaggregated Data by Voters, PCs and PSs

First published on the website of TEFA on 22 December 2019. Kabul: IEC, 84 days after E-Day and with repetitive violation of the election calendar, finally managed to announce the preliminary result of the 2019 Presidential Election which TEFA embraces and accepts as an accomplishment of a serious milestone; however, it is

PRESS RELEASE: An extension of terms without an election

Press Release 4 December 2019 NAMFREL today emphasized the importance of elected officials submitting themselves to regular elections to receive a fresh mandate from their constituents. This is in reaction to the proposed postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) to December 2022, which has just been signed into law

STATEMENT: Current electoral status requires deep restraint by election stakeholders, legal and peaceful corrective measures needed – TEFA

First published on the website of TEFA on 28 November 2019. 28. Nov.2019 KABUL – TEFA’s observation findings reveal that the 2019 presidential electoral process is severely harmed by technical and managerial challenges which can in turn undermine electoral integrity. Amidst this existing problematic and highly vulnerable electoral atmosphere, TEFA strongly believes

STATEMENT: Current state of election process requires efficient, transparent management of IEC, stakeholders’ cooperation needed — FEFA

First published on the website of FEFA on 27 November 2019. For immediate release The Free and Fair Elections Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA), is quite concerned about the current state of the elections. FEFA believes that, IEC failed in timely announcement of preliminary results, complying with the election calendar and to manage

ANFREL celebrates Human Rights Day

According to this year's slogan of the United Nations, everyday is a Human Rights Day. In the latter half of the 1940s, with World War II having just come to an end, the United Nations presented its Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) for the first time to promote the core principles

ANFREL LAUNCHES ASIAN ELECTORAL RESOURCE CENTER (AERC)

ANFREL is pleased to introduce its latest program -- the Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC). This new initiative will support ANFREL's work on capacity building by becoming an information center of all election-related materials in Asia. ANFREL wishes to invite you and all stakeholders for cooperation and support in this new endeavor.

Sri Lankan Provincial Council Election Day Statement by PAFFREL 2013

 Election Day Statement by PAFFREL - September 21st, 2013 The polls for the provincial council elections in the Central, North Western and Northern provinces closed at 4 pm today and were generally peaceful.  Polling took place in eight electoral districts in the three provinces based on the 2012 electoral register in which a

Re: Continued Detention of Advocate Adilur Rahman Khan

    September 11, 2013 Sheikh Hasina Wazed Prime Minister Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Old Sangsad Bhaban Tejagaon Dhaka-1215 Bangladesh Re: Continued Detention of Advocate Adilur Rahman Khan Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to express our deep concern over the arrest of Adilur Rahman Khan on August 10,

An Urgent Call for the Release of Human Rights Defender Adilur Rahman Khan

Download Full Statement as PDF Here 11 August 2013, Bangkok - The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), an organization and network of democracy and political rights promoting groups, expresses grave concern regarding the unjust arrest and troubling continued detention of Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, the Secretary of Odhikar, a leading human rights focused organization

National Election Observation Committee(NEOC, Nepal) Holds Dialogue On the “Constitutional Deadlock & Pursuit for a Fresh Poll” in Nepal

NEOC holds a much needed dialogue on the constitutional deadlock facing Nepal, 3rd February (See more pictures below)Download the Press Statement from the Dialogue here or read it embedded below: NEOC Press Release For more info on Nepal, visit NEOC's website at http://neocelection.org   [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/NEOC-Press-Communique.pdf[/embed]    

Odhikar, ANFREL member in Bangladesh, on their 18 Year Anniversary

On 10th October 2012 Odhikar marks its 18th anniversary. The day also happens to be the International Day against the Death Penalty1. As a human rights organisation Odhikar has been campaigning for justice and fair trial; and against the death penalty since its inception. Download Report Here as PDF: ANFREL Member Odhikar's 18

ANFREL member FEMA’s Interim Statement on By-Elections in Gazipur

The Gazipur - 4 by-elections were fundamentally flawed but peaceful and well administered. It is flawed as the election did not fully comply with international standards for democratic elections as well as the national election laws. Download Report as PDF here: FEFA Monitoring Report August 2012 [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FEMA-RELEASE-4-GAZIPUR-4-STATEMENT-2012.pdf[/embed]

Special Coverage: Empowering Women in Timor-Leste Politics: The Role of the Women Caucus for Politic in Timor Leste

Special Coverage Empowering Women in Timor-Leste Politics: The Role of the Women Caucus for Politic in Timor Leste[1] The recent parliamentary elections in the Republic Democratic of Timor Leste which were held on 7 July 2012 highlighted outstanding result on the number of women elected in the national parliament. 24 women are

Wolesi Jirga Monitoring Report by FEFA, ANFREL member in Afghanistan

Monitoring of the work of the Parliament for the purpose of informing citizens and promoting cooperation between the parliament and civil society is an effort that FEFA believes contributes to the development of the political system of Afghanistan and strengthens the highest representative institution of the country, the Parliament. Download Report as

People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Election Day Report: Elections to Three Provincial Councils on 08.09.2012

PAFFREL Election Day Report Elections to Three Provincial Councils on 08.09.2012 The elections to provincial councils in the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa took place on Saturday, September 8, 2012. People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) election observers observed the polls with close to 85 percent coverage with both mobile and

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