Press Statement On Final Assessment and Findings of 2012 Commune Council Elections Phnom Penh: June 20, 2012 Press Statement On Final Assessment and Findings of 2012 Commune Council Elections The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) deployed 5,852 election observers including members and staff of national and international NGOs
STATEMENT ON ELECTION ENVIRONMENT FOR THE 3rd MANDATE COMMUNE/SANGKAT ELECTION Phnom Penh, June 4, 2012 On June 3, 2012, Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC) deployed 2,000 observers, including people with disabilities, in twenty-one (21) provinces/municipalities to monitor the 3rd Mandate Commune/Sangkat Election process in order
SAARC Democracy Charter Citizens' Initiative This is the Final Version of the Charter prepared by the Regional Conference on SAARC Democracy Charter: Citizens' Initiative, held in Kathmandu on 20th -21st September 2011. A Working Draft was initially prepared by the Brainstorming Meeting held in Kathmandu on 24th-25th November 2010. SACEPS is grateful
Photo: Heri Juanda, Associated Press “More Efforts Needed to Develop Genuine Democratic Elections” Bangkok, 04 May 2012 - The Asian Network for Free Elections wishes to congratulate the people of Aceh for their participation in the second local election held since the end of the conflict in the Province. The April 9th 2012
ANFREL Press Statement : Malaysian Electoral Reforms Crucial for Democracy in ASEAN FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Malaysian Electoral Reforms Crucial for Democracy in ASEAN BANGKOK, 04 May 2012 – While the significance of the rallies on 28th April will undoubtedly continue to be debated for some time, it is important that the debate
Promoting Electoral Integrity in Southeast Asia: ANFREL and ASEAN Introduction This paper analyses the experience of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) in elections observation, in particular looking at the strengths and weaknesses of this regional civil-society led initiative in contributing towards the development of democracy in Asia. Meanwhile, the Association
Mongolia modeled its elections since 1951 after the Soviet Union’s system of allowing only one political party to exist in the country—the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), which was the communist party body, and the only party allowed, in country until 1990. Following the Soviet policy of Perestroika and the democratic uprisings
ANFREL Press Statement - Aceh 2012 For Immediate Release: ANFREL Press Statement on Governor & Regent Elections in Aceh BANDA ACEH, 11 April 2012 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to commend the people of Aceh for turning out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right in what
Aceh Preliminary Report Preliminary Report 11 April 2012 The Political Campaign The campaign atmosphere was lively throughout Aceh. During the scheduled campaign period candidates and their campaign teams posted signs and banners, held rallies and canvassed districts. Campaign rallies were generally peaceful and held in designated areas specified by KIP. The strong
Download Full PDF 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. READ MORE
By Bidhayak Das: From a democracy activist to a parliamentarian, the journey for Aung San Suu Kyi has been long and arduous. She has had to spend the last two decades of her life under house arrest in her struggle to bring human rights, democracy and justice to the people of Myanmar.
GENDEM was launched on 3rd – 5th April 2012 ANFREL was part of the drafting committee as invited by NDI and UNEAD since 2010. Those organizations who participated at the UN building were OAS, UNEAD, OSCE/ODIHR, Carter Centre, LADE, EAD, SuGDE, APEM, MOE, Obscianske OKO, ISFED, TMG, COMFREL, NDI, WAEON.
Press Statement on the Myanmar by-elections The by-elections in Myanmar marks a historic phase in the country’s transition towards democracy and ANFREL-Foundation takes this opportunity to congratulate the people of Myanmar. The by-elections were extremely significant to sustain the reforms process in Myanmar and strengthen the process of democratization in the future.
Myanmar's "political openness should be unconditional", the chief of an Asian election watchdog said on Thursday after she and two aides were deported from the country. Asian Networks for Free Elections (Anfrel) executive director Somsri Hananuntasuk said she was forced by the Myanmar authorities to leave the country on Tuesday night and
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Myanmar Election Observation Encouraging But Inadequate BANGKOK, 22 March 2012 – The Bangkok-based Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) today noted that while it is a step in the right direction, Myanmar’s decision to allow international observers comes too late, and with too many restrictions. Media reports
On 14 March 2012, five pairs of gubernatorial candidates in the Aceh Elections made pledges for a non-violent electoral race in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. The candidates also committed to respect people’s freedom to exercise their rights and to maintain order and peace as their top priority. The candidates also
View Full Report (PDF) Genuine democratic elections are the peoples’ collective expression of sovereignty and an inalienable right of citizens. These precepts are recognized in national constitutions the world over and in international human rights instruments of the United Nations, regional intergovernmental organizations and other bodies.
For Immediate Release: BANGKOK, 24 FEBRUARY 2012 - The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) views with concern the political crisis in the Maldives following the ouster of President Mohamed Nasheed. Because some of the specifics surrounding the events of early February are still disputed, it is imperative that an independent and
2012 January Government signs ceasefire with rebels of Karen ethnic group. Burmese presidential special peace envoy and Rail Transportation Minister Aung Min has offered two exile-based democratic groups to meet for political talks the first week of February, said group leaders. The Karen National Union (KNU) and Burmese government peace delegations signed
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) encourages countries to allow citizens living abroad to be able to participate in their home countries’ elections. A citizen’s right to participate in their country’s election is a universal one and shouldn’t be restricted when good methods exist to allow voters abroad to participate. This
Credible Elections but a Tilted Playing Field Introduction The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), at the invitation of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Taiwan Grassroots Alliance for Peace & Citizen Congress Watch, observed Taiwan’s historic Presidential and Legislative Yuan elections in January of 2012. This mission is the third Election Observation
Members of an international election observation team on Tuesday urged Taiwan to increase the pace of electoral reform to ensure fairer and freer elections. "There should be limits to the budget that can be used for campaigning," said Sakool Zuesongdham, a member of the Asian Network for Free Elections. Zuesongdham said that
The somewhat changed situation in Myanmar where there is more space to talk about political developments and read about activities of all other political parties in the newspapers is perhaps a reflection of what’s in store for the country’s future. But to do that there is an absolute need to make use
Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) A civic group comprising of members from Asian democracies is scheduled to visit Taiwan next week to observe the Jan. 14 legislative and presidential elections, the Taipei-based Civil Congress Watch (CCW) said Friday. A delegation of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), an organization that has members
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) welcomes recent political developments in Burma, progress which includes less censorship of the media; more engagement with the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi, and some ethnic groups; the release of some, though not all, political prisoners; and finally, the re-registration of the NLD as a
The Open Forum for Democracy Foundation (PollWatch), The People Network for Elections in Thailand (P-Net), and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) today called for a restructuring of the electoral system in Thailand in an endeavour to more fully realize the democratic rights of Thai voters. After a 3-day seminar of