Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (8-21 January 2024)

ANFREL had observed that from 8 January to 21 January, Bangladesh had experienced significant political turmoil and controversy surrounding the 12th Parliamentary election which was held on 7 January. Following the conclusion of the 12th Parliamentary Election, the Chief Election Commissioner had announced that the ruling Awami League (AL) had secured a

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

Joint Statement: CSOs demand the release of political prisoners and call for fresh elections in Bangladesh

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, voice our deep concern regarding the 12th Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh, which took place on 7 January 2024. The elections were neither genuine nor competitive and raised serious questions about its adherence to democratic principles and international election standards. Numerous reports and evidence point to widespread

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (25 December 2023 – 7 January 2024)

From 25 December 2023 and Election Day on 7 January 2024, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) monitored a political and electoral landscape marred with instances of political violence between Awami League (AL) and independent candidates as well as arson attacks to polling centres and election camps, anti-election campaigns by the

ANFREL e-Bulletin (October-December 2023)

About 300 electoral stakeholders gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal on 6-7 December 2023 for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) while 16 young and emerging election observers and democracy advocates completed the first Asian Academy for Electoral Integrity (AAEI) were some of the highlights of the fourth quarter of 2023 for ANFREL.

Statement: ANFREL voices profound concern over 2024 Bangladeshi polls, calls for genuine democratic elections

ANFREL voices its profound concern regarding the upcoming 12th Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh, set to take place on 7 January 2024. It is strongly believed that this election is at risk of lacking genuineness and electoral competitiveness, raising serious questions about its adherence to democratic principles and international election standards that assess

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (11-24 December 2023)

In the lead-up to Bangladesh's 12th Parliamentary Election on January 7, 2024, the political landscape continued to witness tensions and conflicts. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies, initiated a countrywide dawn-to-dusk strike on December 19 as part of their non-cooperation movement, amid the continued arrests and imprisonment of their leaders

FAFEN Urges Publication of ROs’ Scrutiny Decisions to Strengthen Transparency

ISLAMABAD, January 1, 2024: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) urges the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to publish the decisions of the Returning Officers (ROs) regarding objections to nomination of candidates and rejections of nomination papers on its website, which will contribute towards a more informed discourse and strengthen electoral

Redelineation: BERSIH proposes that the Election Commission expands engagements with stakeholders and expedite electoral reform efforts

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) proposes that the Election Commission (EC) engage with all stakeholders in discussions and engagements to obtain their full views and concerns with respect to the redelineation process before the redelineation process actually begins. This is critical to provide clarity and alleviate concerns about the

LENTE releases assessment report on 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in PH

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) released their assessment report and policy recommendations on the 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) in the Philippines which was held on 30 October 2023. LENTE said the conduct of regular and periodic elections must be ensured and that the capacity of the Commission

Article by BERSIH Chair: Avoid Looking at Local Government Elections from a Racial Perspective

The issue of local government elections has always been racialised and made a sensitive topic. Historically, local government elections have been linked with incidents of unrest related to the nation’s political stability, especially in the 1960s. This eventually led to the suspension of local government elections in the year 1965, and consequently

Kathmandu Declaration on Strengthening Democracy and Promoting Electoral Integrity through Electoral Reforms in Asia

Preamble Recalling and respecting the significant contributions made in the past five editions of the Asian Electoral Stakeholders’ Forum to promote electoral democracy in Asia through exchange of information, experience, mutual assistance, collaboration and partnership among the Election Management Bodies, Civil Societies, Media, Policy makers, Academe, Researchers and the people, Acknowledging the

AESF-VI: Stakeholders affirm dedication to strengthen democracy, promote electoral integrity through electoral reforms

The participants of the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) affirmed their dedication to strengthen democracy and promote electoral integrity through electoral reforms, encapsulated in the Kathmandu Declaration. Around 300 electoral stakeholders from election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, civil society organizations, academe, international NGOs, among others, gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal

16 young, emerging election observers complete 1st Asian Academy for Electoral Integrity program

Sixteen young and emerging election observers and democracy advocates from 10 countries in Asia completed the first Asian Academy for Electoral Integrity program held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 9-13 December 2023. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), through the support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), facilitated the intensive peer-to-peer learning

Open Letter raising grave concerns over the Human Rights Situation in Cambodia and serious democratic threats in the upcoming 2024 Cambodia Senate Election

To:The European Union ParliamentThe United States CongressThe Parliament of CanadaThe Parliament of AustraliaThe Parliament of United KingdomThe Parliament of New ZealandThe Parliament of Japan Your Honors, We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are writing to express our grave concerns about the state of human rights and democracy in Cambodia. Cambodia is continuing

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL biweekly Election Update (27 November – 10 December 2023)

Between November 27 and December 10, the political landscape was marked by intense rivalries and controversies. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) continued to declare a countrywide blockade and strike, demanding the cancellation of the election schedule and the resignation of the Awami League (AL)-led government. The AL faced criticism for controversial nominations

ANFREL, FORUM-ASIA host webinar on situation in Bangladesh ahead of 2024 polls

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) hosted a webinar to help understand the political and electoral environment in Bangladesh ahead of the scheduled general election on 7 January 2024. Three speakers shed light on the country's situation including Sanjid Islam of

PHOTOS: Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum – VI

The sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 6-7 December 2023. Almost 300 electoral stakeholders gathered to discuss electoral issues and challenges and identified best practices in addressing them. AESF-VI culminated with the signing of the "Kathmandu Declaration to Strengthen Democracy and Promote Electoral Integrity through Electoral

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,

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL Biweekly Election Update (13 – 26 November 2023)

Between 13 and 26 November in Bangladesh, a series of significant political events unfolded, including the announcement of the election schedule for the upcoming election, reflecting the country's tense and dynamic political climate. The period began with the police filing a case against two deceased BNP leaders for violence on October 29.1

Civil society organizations renew calls to end impunity for crimes against journalists in the Maldives

28 NOVEMBER 2023: Maldives Journalists Association (MJA), Transparency Maldives,Association for Democracy in the Maldives (ADM), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ),Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urge the Government of Maldives to expedite investigations and for the relevant authorities to pursue, where evidence permits, prosecutions to end impunity for serious crimes

Reforms at Snail’s Pace: First Year Assessment of the Unity Government on Electoral and Institutional Reforms, 2022-2023

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) congratulates the Unity Government for some of the institutional reforms carried out in its first year and urges for more as promised by the respective coalitions and parties in the government, in particularly Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional. We opined that a post-election coalition

ANFREL members recognized for election work, championing FOI

Several ANFREL members were recently recognized for their election work and for championing freedom of information. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) in the Philippines was one of the awardees during the 2023 FOI Awards which recognize government agencies, partners, individuals and civil society organizations that significantly contribute to the development

Bangladesh in Focus: An ANFREL Biweekly Election Update (30 October – 12 November 2023)

In recent events in Bangladesh, the political landscape has been marked by escalating tensions and crackdowns between the ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition parties, primarily the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The AL has pledged to resist what it perceives as 'anarchy' instigated by the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.1 Meanwhile, the Election Commission

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