The Nation: ANFREL to Monitor Thai Election

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) announced Monday it would dispatch 60 volunteers from 24 countries to 77 provinces monitor the situation ahead of the July 3 election. ANFREL director Somsri Harnananthasuk told a press conference that the first group of ANFREL observers would go out to provinces on Tuesday. Later

Thai Political Timeline

6 Jan 2001 Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party win general elections on a populist platform of economic growth and development. He wins control of 296 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Jan 2004 Muslim radicals launch an insurgency in the southern provinces. Thaksin responds with a

Bangkok Post: Candidates Register, Prep for Election

Election candidates nationwide began registering for the race in the constituency system yesterday, the first day of registration. In several constituencies, former MPs still banned from politics fielded their political proteges in hopes of maintaining the ranks of their candidates. In the provinces, single-seat constituency registrations for 375 MPs were held at

West Bengal, Assam Election Results

A round-up of the day's events: Tarun Gogoi-led Congress swept the polls bagging a near two-thirds majority to retain power in Assam, making it a straightforward result right from the onset. And Gogoi is expected to take up the position as CM for the third-time in a row.

Election Code of Conduct Signed : Thailand

Pledge by political parties not to engage in violence, and respect results Today representatives from 19 political parties signed a code of conduct for the election campaign, pledging themselves to a set of principles for a free and fair election. This code of conduct is an important sign of cooperation between political

Will ASEAN Give Chair to Burma Despite Rights Record?

In view of many international observers, the Association of South-East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) negligence to take firm position on Burma (Myanmar) has become its Achilles’ heel. As usual, the association’s statement proves member-countries’ lack of collective will to take a strong position against Burma. Changing itself into a semi-civilian regime through vote-rigging,

Bangkok Post: Pheu Thai Party Leads the Charge

Two recent opinion polls show the opposition Pheu Thai Party as most likely to win the general election. One poll result, conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) during May 2-3 from 1,203 samples across the country, showed 23.36% of respondents would vote for the Pheu Thai Party, 20.20% for

Bangkok Post: ANALYSIS – A Pheu Thai Victory Does Not Guarantee a Pheu Thai Government

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva officially announced the election date and House dissolution via state television last night after a royal decree to dissolve the House of representatives was endorsed by His Majesty the King. It was widely believed by several parties that the opposition Pheu Thai would win the election with the

Thailand Rejects Foreign Election Monitors

Thailand on Thursday dismissed suggestions that foreign observers were needed to monitor its upcoming election, with the deputy prime minister saying he does "not respect" Westerners. It would be "inappropriate" to allow outside involvement in the poll, which is due in June or July and comes after deadly street protests last year,

2011: IDEA – Campaigning in Democratic Elections

View Full Report (PDF) This Code of Conduct was drafted in the first half of 1998. The process involved the retrieval, collation, analysis and synthesis of all the different codes and materials on this topic. This enabled the formulation and drafting of a universal set of minimum standards. Following distribution of the draft code, a lengthy and detailed

Myanmar After the Elections: A Call for Essential Comprehensive Electoral Reform

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has expressed its profound disappointment in the conduct of Myanmar’s 2010 Parliamentary & Regional Assembly Elections. After missing a chance to hold truly free and fair elections, ANFREL hopes that Myanmar’s military junta and the new parliament, once formed, take this post-election period as an opportunity to institute

TACDB Expresses Its Severe Disappointment in ASEAN and Implores It to Re-Examine Its Approach to Burma’s Junta

The Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB) wishes to express its extreme disappointment in the Association of South East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) embrace of the severely flawed election in Burma. By doing so, ASEAN’s Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan and the members of ASEAN have put the priorities of the Burma Junta above those

NUP Concedes Defeat

The National Unity Party (NUP), the second largest party in Burma's general election on Sunday, has conceded defeat to the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), although it accuses the USDP of winning the election illegally. The NUP—formed by loyalists to late dictator Gen Ne Win who was forced from power

ANFREL Calls for the Myanmar UEC and SPDC to Clarify and Seriously Investigate Advance Voting Activities and Counting Process Irregularities

The Asian Network For Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) calls attention to an important point from November 7th & 8th‘s counting activities that requires the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar to urgently clarify why the counting process was not made transparent to the public and the media beginning with

Burma Declares State of Emergency After Poll

Burma has been placed under a 90-day state of emergency after holding its first election in 20 years. Emergency rule to prevent political gatherings has been in place for three months in the lead-up to the poll. The state of emergency prevents further political gatherings and stops soldiers from leaving the military

Declaration by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on behalf of the European Union on the elections in Burma/Myanmar

1. Today, the first elections were held in Burma/Myanmar, since those of 1990 whose results were never implemented. 2. Elections in themselves do not make a country democratic; nevertheless they should offer the opportunity for a new beginning and greater pluralism. The EU regrets therefore that the authorities did not take the necessary steps to ensure a

Irrawaddy: Inside Burma

Post-election Chief Ministers already selected, sources say - Ba Kaung The Burmese regime has reportedly already selected several formervhigh-ranking military officials as the future chief ministers for regionalvand state governments to be formed after the Nov. 7 election. All the selected retired military officials are candidates of the junta's proxy Union Solidarity and

NDT: Burma Bars Foreign Reporters & Monitors from National Election

Burma’s military rulers say international poll monitors and foreign journalists will be barred from the country’s first election in 20 years. The United States, Britain and Burma’s Southeast Asian neighbors have urged the military junta to allow independent election monitors at the November 7 election. Critics say the election will actually strengthen

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Junta’s Elections on 7 November 2010 is to Justify Five Decades of Military Rule

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for the international community not to recognize junta’s planned 2010 election and its results. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD), victor of 1990 election, decided unanimously to boycott the junta’s planned sham 2010 election due to its unfair electoral laws. Without the

Shan Artists Banded to Uncover Burma’s Sham 2010 Elections

Chiang Mai, Thailand: More than 30 well-known Shan artists  and activists teamed up with Thai border-based community groups in producing a new VCD, exposing the truth about Burma's SPDC-controlled 2010 Elections and possible post-election impacts on the people. The Shan language VCD, which was yesterday officially launched in Chiang Mai, Thailand, features

NLD and Ethnic Leaders Tour Kachin State

Several leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma's recently dissolved main opposition party, are traveling in Kachin State with a prominent ethnic leader to meet with local party members and lobby for a boycott of next month's election. NLD central executive committee member Ohn Kyaing told The Irrawaddy that he

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