ANFREL Newsletter (April-June 2020)

For the second edition of the quarterly newsletter e-Bulletin, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) highlighted the developments in Sri Lanka which is set to hold their election on 5 August 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ANFREL hosted a webinar to gather updates and insights on the Sri Lankan polls with

COVID-19 and Elections: ANFREL, Sri Lanka election orgs release code of conduct for election observers

ANFREL and six domestic election observation groups, including our members PAFFREL and CMEV, release today the “COVID-19 Code of Conduct for Election Observers” ahead of the 2020 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections. This document is a joint initiative from organizations both domestic and international intending to observe the parliamentary elections of Sri Lanka.

COVID-19 and Elections: Dilemma in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Parliamentary Election was scheduled to be held on 25 April 2020 but was postponed due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a timeline of the events that transpired in the last few months regarding the election and COVID-19 crisis situation in the country:

Odhikar publishes Bangladesh 1Q 2020 human rights report

The confidence in the government and the electoral system of Bangladesh continue to decline as lack of interest in the local elections held in the first quarter of 2020 amid the rampant fraudulent activities was observed, human rights organization Odhikar said in their 2020 first quarter report. "Several by-elections of the Jatiya

COVID-19 and Elections: The Experience of South Korea

South Korean health authorities said there were no recorded local transmission from the conduct of the parliamentary election. Here are the safety measures South Korea implemented to make the 15 April 2020 election possible despite the threat of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the election cycle in many countries as much

ANFREL Myanmar website goes live

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Myanmar program is now even more connected as it launched its website which will serve as a platform to better engage election stakeholders in Myanmar. Access Myanmar-related news and updates via the website (https://myanmar.anfrel.org/mm) which is also available in English (https://myanmar.anfrel.org/en). One of the key

COVID-19 and Elections: Indonesian Election CSOs recommend factors to consider on election postponements

With Indonesia postponing the local elections scheduled for 23 September 2020 to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, several election civil society organizations recommended factors to consider on declaring election postponements. Election CSOs composed of ANFREL members Perludem and KIPP Indonesia (Independent Committee for Elections Monitoring Indonesia), with the People's Voter

ANFREL Newsletter (January-March 2020)

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) published the first edition for 2020 of its quarterly newsletter e-Bulletin. In this issue, ANFREL highlights the discussion on elections in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. ANFREL, in a statement, expressed concern and regarded the postponements of elections as reasonable measures, "as long as

ANFREL releases election reporting toolkit for Myanmar journalists

UPDATE: The "Reporting on Elections: A Toolkit for Journalists in Myanmar" is also available through an interactive online platform hosted under ANFREL Myanmar program's website which can be accessed here: https://myanmar.anfrel.org/en/media-toolkit/about-the-toolkit The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released its media toolkit titled "Reporting on Elections: A Toolkit for Journalists in Myanmar"

Nordic Day in Myanmar, 14 February 2020

[rev_slider alias="2020-02-14"]   The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) showcased its various efforts to advance electoral #democracy in Asia, especially in Myanmar, during the celebration of the annual Nordic Day in Myanmar last Friday, 14 February 2020. The Embassy of Sweden Section Office in Yangon, Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar, Embassy

ANFREL is Hiring: Program Officer for Campaign and Advocacy

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a dynamic person to fill the position of Program Officer for Campaign and Advocacy. The program officer will be responsible for implementing ANFREL's advocacy efforts and public campaigns including writing of press statements, reports, and coordination with ANFREL members, among other things.

2020 Taiwanese General Election Study Mission, 11 January 2020

[rev_slider alias="2020-01-11"]   The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) conducted a study mission for the 11 January 2020 Taiwanese General Election. James Kan of the Citizen Congress Watch and Bo Tedards of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy briefed the eight-member study team on 6 January 2020 at the CCW office in

Election Monitoring for Thai CSOs training, 18-19 December 2019

[rev_slider alias="2019-12-19"]   The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) organized a two-day training on election monitoring for civil society organizations and media in Thailand from 18 to 19 December 2019. The participants learned the legal framework of elections in Thailand, international standards of democratic governance, and key principles of election monitoring,

STATEMENT: Current electoral status requires deep restraint by election stakeholders, legal and peaceful corrective measures needed – TEFA

First published on the website of TEFA on 28 November 2019. 28. Nov.2019 KABUL – TEFA’s observation findings reveal that the 2019 presidential electoral process is severely harmed by technical and managerial challenges which can in turn undermine electoral integrity. Amidst this existing problematic and highly vulnerable electoral atmosphere, TEFA strongly believes

The Roundtable Discussion on the Transparency and Integrity of Elections in Southeast Asia (RTD – TIE in SEA) Nov 10-11 , 2017

The Roundtable Discussion on the Transparency and Integrity of Elections in Southeast Asia (RTD – TIE in SEA) is a coming together and a forging ahead of the Asian Network for Free Elections’ (ANFREL’s) mission to strengthen democracy and raise the quality of electoral processes in this part of the world. It

The Colombo Pledge to Promote and Defend Electoral Democracy in Asia (Myanmar Language Version)

Full Report : Colombo Pledge ( Myanmar Translation) We,  the  election stakeholders convening today  at  the  fourth  Asian  Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF  IV), reaffirm our resolute commitment and dedication to secure  democratic elections for everyone in Asia.  We believe  it is our duty to act assertively on electoral issues  and do everything in

Election Commission of Sri Lanka and ANFREL all set to hold the Fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum

For Immediate Release Colombo, Sri Lanka It is the honor of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to convene the Fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF-IV) in Colombo, Sri Lanka,on August 27 and 28, 2018. The AESF will have as theme “Advancing Election Transparency

Joint Statement: Fake Observers and the Cambodian Legislative Elections

We, as domestic and international election monitors, denounce the attempt by the Government and the National Election Committee (NEC) of Cambodia to legitimize the upcoming July 29 general election by accrediting large numbers of biased election monitors. It is our opinion that the 80,000 domestic observers authorized by the NEC show neither

ANFREL releases findings of pre-election assessment for the 2018 Cambodia Elections

Bangkok, Thailand | June 15, 2018 On June 14, 2018, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released the report of its Pre-election Assessment Mission (PEAM) conducted in Cambodia early May 2018.  The mission was conducted by five (5) international observers led by Mr. Damaso Magbual, the organization’s Spokesperson and Board Member from

2017 MYANMAR BY-ELECTIONS: A PATH TO MYANMAR’S 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

Full Report (English): 2017 Myanmar By-Elections IEOM Report Full Report (Myanmar language): 2017 Myanmar By-Elections IEOM Report (Myanmar) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY By-elections were held on 1 April 2017 for a total of 19 constituencies: 9 vacant seats of the Pyithu Hluttaw, three vacant seats of the Amyotha Hluttaw, and seven vacant seats from the Region

ANFREL’s AERC Launches Book on “Electoral Challenges in Asia Today”

ANFREL through its Asian Electoral Resource Center (AERC) introduces its latest publication “Electoral Challenges in Asia Today." The book is a compilation of researches conducted by electoral experts from across 13 countries in Asia. It presents what are deemed to be the most pressing challenges to advancing electoral democracy in Asia over

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (April – June 2016)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news for the 2nd quarter of 2016.  The e-bulletin highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions and suggestions, feel free to

ANFREL Quarterly e-Bulletin (January – March 2016)

Here is ANFREL’s E-bulletin featuring election-related news from all over Asia. This issue covers the period of January – March 2016 and it highlights recent election-related developments in the region, ANFREL activities, and contributions from ANFREL members and network. We  continue to encourage ANFREL members and friends to contribute articles for this quarterly publication. For questions

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