Webinar: Unpacking External Influences and Conflicts of Interest in Parliament

The Citizen Congress Watch (CCW), with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Directorio Legislativo (DL), and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) are hosting the webinar "Unpacking External Influences and Conflicts of Interest in Parliament" on 1 December 2022 at 7:30am-9:00am (EST)/ 8:30pm-10:00pm (Taiwan Time). Panelists include Kristen Sample of NDI, Victoria Hasson

CMEV conducts discussion on impact of lack of campaign finance regulations on participation of women, youth, PWDs in politics

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence and Janavaboda Kendraya conducted a one-day discussion with youths, women and members of PWD organisations on the impact of the unavailability of Campaign Finance regulations for women, youth and PWDs participation in politics in Sri Lanka on November 19, 2022, at Janavaboda Kendraya. Empowering youth, women and

PHOTOS: ANFREL presents Nepal election observation findings with election commission

ANFREL executive director Chandanie Watawala shared the ANFREL interim statement on the election observation findings with Nepal Chief Election Commissioner Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya. ANFREL member National Election Observation Committee (NEOC) also shared the findings of their election observation mission to the 2022 Nepali Federal and Provincial Elections. ANFREL's interim statement can be

ANFREL Interim Statement 2022 Nepalese Federal and Provincial Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) congratulates the people of Nepal for their participation in the 2022 Federal and Provincial Elections, the Election Commission of Nepal (ECN) for holding the largely peaceful and orderly polls, as well as domestic election observer groups including EOC-N, Sankalpa, INSEC, BAS, DRCN, ANFREL members NEOC

The Collapse of the Afghan Republic Government and Illegitimacy of the Current Regime in Afghanistan

21 November 2022 The Transparent Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA), in collaboration with 25 civil society organizations (CSOs) launched a thorough assessment of the situation in Afghanistan. This position paper is the result of continued dialogues and discussions among CSOs both inside and outside the country and identifies key factors behind the

Photos: 2022 Nepali House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) deployed election observation teams in Nepal to observe the 2022 House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies Elections. Some 275 House of Representative seats and 550 members of provincial assemblies were contested. Here are some photos from our election observation teams on the ground:

LENTE’s statement on the results of its monitoring project on abuse of state resources in Philippine Elections

Abuse of State Resources (ASR) is an overlooked form of political corruption in the Philippines whereby candidates or political parties unduly utilize official powers and government resources to gain electoral advantage. What distinguishes ASR from the other acts of corruption is its indispensable electoral component, that is, the acts are committed to

Campaign Violations Persist in Low Turnout, Largely Peaceful By-Elections — FAFEN

First published on FAFEN's website. ISLAMABAD, October 17, 2022: With only 35 percent of the registered voters turning out on Election Day, the by-elections (BE-2022) in eight National Assembly and three Punjab Assembly constituencies remained peaceful with scattered instances of irregularities primarily concerning unchecked campaigning inside and around polling stations, observes Free

EC and NADMA Must Publicise the SOP on Voting Amidst Floods (UndiBanjir)

BERSIH calls upon the Election Commission (EC) and the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) to publish their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Voting amidst Floods (UndiBanjir). The EC’s special meeting tomorrow (20 October) to decide on nomination and poling days must also cover the contingency plan to prevent unintended vote suppression caused

NAMFREL submits position paper with comments on the Bangsamoro Electoral Code

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) has submitted to the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Parliament its position paper on BTA Bill No. 29 or “An Act Providing for the Bangsamoro Electoral Code of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” or the Bangsamoro Electoral Code (BEC). The Code is intended

Transparency Maldives hosts anti-corruption conference

ANFREL member Transparency Maldives, in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Commission of Maldives, will bring together state-owned enterprises (SOE) and key stakeholders in a national level conference on anti-corruption on 30-31 October 2022. The Maldives Anti-Corruption Conference 2022 will feature various panel discussuons with national and international partners on corruption issues and what

ANFREL Newsletter (July-September 2022)

In the third quarter of 2022, the Asian Network for Free Elections released observation report on Philippine and Nepali elections, launched the Asian Media Fellowship on Election Reporting, and engaged with various electoral stakeholders. ANFREL released the final comprehensive report of its international election observation mission to the 2022 national and local

Call for Applications: Program Officer for Capacity Building

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a Program Officer to implement its Capacity Building projects and activities. The Program Officer will preferably be based in Bangkok, Thailand, but will be coordinating with ANFREL’s network organizations and traveling across the Asian region. Formed in 1997, ANFREL was organized as

ANFREL Pre-Election Assessment Mission Report: 2022 Nepali House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) published on 28 September 2022 the report of its pre-election assessment mission to the 2022 Nepali House of Representatives and Provincial Assemblies Elections. As Nepal is scheduled to hold general elections on 20 November 2022, ANFREL presented the pre-election environment and challenges in the country,

2022 Maguindanao Plebiscite: LENTE calls for more stringent enforcement of electoral laws

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) thanked the Maguindanaoans for taking part in the historic plebiscite on Saturday, 17 September 2022, where they voted on whether or not they agree in dividing the province into Maguindanao del Norte and Maguindanao del Sur. LENTE, however, observed that proper health protocols were not

Malaysia Day Message from BERSIH

Malaysians Deserve Better! Make Voting Easier for Out-of-Region and Overseas Voters The celebration of Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day this year is especially meaningful. As a nation, we have come of age. The weak institutions that allowed a Prime Minister to rob the nation of billions of Ringgits are being restored now

Call for Applications: ANFREL Asian Media Fellowship on Election Reporting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) media fellowship program is back and we’re expanding the program to include journalists from all over Asia. ANFREL is offering a series of intensive training sessions on reporting elections, democracy, and human rights as well as mentorship and financial support for innovative and impactful election-related

Reject Early Election as Means to Interfere in Judicial Process. Let Ismail Government go Full Term

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) staunchly rejects the push by certain quarters in UMNO to have an early 15th General Election (GE15) to save kleptocrats from justice in court. BERSIH calls upon all parties to instead support a new convention of ‘fixed term parliament’ by allowing the 14th Parliament

LENTE reiterates call to push through with Barangay, SK elections as scheduled

The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) provided the following update on a August 23 senate committee hearing on the postponement of the scheduled Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (Young Council) elections in the Philippines. LENTE highlighted two major challenges that emerged from the hearing: The Senate Committee on Electoral Reform and People's

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