ECN, ANFREL to host over 200 electoral stakeholders in Kathmandu, Nepal for sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum

Over 200 electoral stakeholders representing Asian election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, think tanks, among others, are gathering in Kathmandu, Nepal from 6 to 7 December 2023 for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI).

The Election Commission, Nepal (ECN) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) are co-hosting AESF-VI, in partnership with the General Election Observation Committee (GEOC) and the National Election Observation Committee (NEOC).

This year’s theme is “Building Sustainable Democracies: Addressing Electoral Challenges and Opportunities”.

Twenty-one election experts from Asia and beyond will be speaking at the sessions during the two-day event to discuss pressing electoral issues and challenges and draw out experiences, solutions and best practices. AESF-VI will culminate with the creation and adoption of the “Kathmandu Declaration to Strengthen Democracy and Promote Electoral Integrity through Electoral Reforms”.

The Honorable Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Nepal will inaugurate AESF-VI on 6 December 2023 while the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal will conclude the event on 7 December 2023.

Forty different countries in Asia and beyond from EMBs, domestic and international election observer groups, CSOs, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), and the media, among others are going to be represented in AESF-VI.

The AESF is a continuing engagement between election management bodies, civil society organizations and other election stakeholders from across Asia and beyond. To date, there have been five iterations of the AESF, held in Bangkok, Thailand (2012), Dili, Timor-Leste (2015), Bali, Indonesia (2016), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018) and online (2021).

For more information about AESF-VI, please visit: and Reach out to the AESF-VI Secretariat through:

See the sessions and speakers below. For the full program, download here: AESF-VI



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