Campaign Ends as Afghanistan Readies for Vote

KABUL - Campaigning for Afghanistan's parliamentary elections formally ends at midnight Wednesday, when thousands of candidates must take a break from hustings ahead of Saturday's poll. In cities across the country, almost every available inch of public space has been festooned with election posters showing photographs of the candidates and the symbol

NDI: Afghan Election Update

Most of Afghanistan’s political parties were unable to register in time to get their names on the Sept. 18 election ballot as a result of requirements in a new election law passed in September 2009. Before the new law was passed, more than 100 parties had registered with the Ministry of Justice (M0J). But

Profiles of Union Election Commission Members

Shortly after the promulgation of the Union Election Commission Law in March, Burma's junta appointed a Union Election Commission of 18 members. The commission is led by former major-general Thein Soe, who has served as a military judge advocate-general and deputy chief justice of the Supreme Court. The Irrawaddy compiled brief profiles

More Efforts Needed for Change and Long Term Commitment for Democracy: ANFREL

KABUL - The Asian Network for Free Elections comprising of 30 citizen observers from 11 countries across Asia, congratulate the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the Wolesi Jirga Election.The September 18th election is another milestone towards strengthening democracy and respect the rule of law. The statement covers the pre election

ANFREL: Government Assets Used in Wolesi Jirga Polls

KABUL - Strong and resourceful candidates, expropriating government assets and machinery, attempted to influence Saturday's Wolesi Jirga elections, an observer group alleged on Wednesday. Threats, violence and money were widely acknowledged as an effective strategy to win the electoral battle, preventing many candidates from contest the polls freely, said the Asian Network

NDI: Afghan Election Update

On Aug.18, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) posted the final list of polling centers (PCs) for the 2010 Wolesi Jirga elections comprising 5,897 PCs with 18,762 polling stations (PSs). To generate this list, Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF), in cooperation with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), led an initial threat assessment to determine locations secure

NDI: Afghan Election Update

For the 2010 Afghan Wolesi Jirga elections, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) is conducting an observation mission and analyz- ing the electoral process before, during and after election day. This mission involves more than 140 international analysts and Afghan observers throughout the country. For more information, visit NDI.org and AfghanistanElectionData.org.

Election Competition in Mon State Heating Up

Representative from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) say the party plans to delay sending in its Hluttaw [candidate list] as long as possible, to avoid drawing notice from government-run political groups. According to a vice campaign organizer, the AMRDP is withholding its candidate list because it fears that early announcements

2009 Mission Report: Presidential & Provincial Councel Elections AFGHANISTAN 2009

View Full Report (PDF) The  Asian  Network  for  Free  Elections  (ANFREL)  Foundation  which  is a leading regional election network of civil society organisations was set up in  1997  to  promote  the  process  of  democratisation  and  democratic consolidation  through  elections  in  Asia  and  also  in  other  parts  of  the world.  The  Foundation  has

EC: We Haven’t Rejected By-Election Complaints

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday rejected a claim by the opposition Pheu Thai Party that it had discarded a complaint against the Democrat Party in last Sunday's by-election in Bangkok's Constituency 6. Suthep Romayanond, chief of the EC's Bangkok office, said that the five election commissioners have been informed about a complaint

Bangkok Post: Poll Worker Killed in Shooting

A polling staff member was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Surat Thani's Khiri Ratthanikhom district yesterday. Ratchawan Palangsuwarat, 50, was attacked at 5am by two men on a motorcycle while she was leaving home to work at the 4th polling unit at Khuanmaprao village in tambon Thamsingkhon of Khiri Ratthanikhom

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP – NEW BRIEFING: The Myanmar Elections

Inordinate delay by the Burmese Election Commission (EC) to grant approval to the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) led by former Vice-Chairman of ‘Kachin Independence Organization’ (KIO), has considerably delayed organizational work. “We are awaiting party registration from the Commission to start organizational work. We feel that there is deliberate delay in

2010: Vision of a Blueprint for ASEAN Democracy – Free and Fair Elections

View Full Report (PDF) | View Full Report in Bahasia Language (PDF) In order to consolidate the successful outcome of ASEAN Summit meeting in Cha-am, Hua Hin, Thailand held on Febuary 25 and February 26 2009, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) underscores the need for further cooperation and collaboration between ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN governments and the respective

2010: UNDP – Elections and Conflict Prevention

View Full Report (PDF) The project on elections and conflict prevention was sponsored by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC), Democratic Governance Group of UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy (BDP/DGG). It was led by Siphosami Malunga, former Governance and Conflict Advisor at OGC and currently Democratic Governance Practice Leader at the UNDP

2009 Mission Report: Indonesia Legislative Election

View Full Report (PDF) The April 9 2009 polls marked another important chapter in the annals of Indonesia’s long and an undeniably attention-grabbing history. The elections were held in the face of growing criticisms regarding mismanagement by the National Election Commission (KPU), though the process was by and large peaceful and smooth. The glitches notwithstanding,

2008 Mission Report: Philippines Regional Election – Autonomous Muslim Mindanao

View Full Report (PDF) The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) used automated election systems during the recent election of a Regional Governor, Vice Regional Governor and Assemblyman for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). COMELEC is authorized to use automated election systems, whether paper based or direct recording electronic systems, by the Republic Act No.

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