PHOTOS: Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum – VI

The sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) took place in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 6-7 December 2023. Almost 300 electoral stakeholders gathered to discuss electoral issues and challenges and identified best practices in addressing them. AESF-VI culminated with the signing of the "Kathmandu Declaration to Strengthen Democracy and Promote Electoral Integrity through Electoral

ECN, ANFREL to host over 200 electoral stakeholders in Kathmandu, Nepal for sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum

Over 200 electoral stakeholders representing Asian election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, think tanks, among others, are gathering in Kathmandu, Nepal from 6 to 7 December 2023 for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI). The Election Commission, Nepal (ECN) and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) are co-hosting AESF-VI,

ANFREL members recognized for election work, championing FOI

Several ANFREL members were recently recognized for their election work and for championing freedom of information. The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) in the Philippines was one of the awardees during the 2023 FOI Awards which recognize government agencies, partners, individuals and civil society organizations that significantly contribute to the development

ANFREL highlights importance of media in informing the public, monitoring electoral processes to achieve free, fair and democratic elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) participated in a panel discussion about the weaponization of law against press freedom in Southeast Asia on 2 November 2023. The panel discussion, hosted by the Press Freedom Monitoring in Southeast Asia coalition, was organized to commemorate the 2023 International Day to End Impunity for

ANFREL e-Bulletin (July-September 2023)

The opening of the registration for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) and the releasing of the final report on ANFREL's observation of the elections in Thailand and Timor-Leste were among the highlights of the third quarter of 2023. https://anfrel.org/aesf-vi-registration-opens/ ANFREL opened the registration for AESF-VI where various electoral stakeholders can

ANFREL meets ECN for AESF-VI preps

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) met with the officials of the Election Commission, Nepal on 2 September 2023 to discuss preparations for the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI). Last year, ANFREL and ECN signed a memorandum of understanding to co-host AESF-VI in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2023. AESF-VI is also

Joint Statement on the Legitimacy of 2023 Cambodian General Election

22 July 2023. The undersigned organizations express our profound concern over the upcoming election for the National Assembly in Cambodia, scheduled to occur tomorrow. We firmly believe that this election is poised to lack genuineness and meaningful electoral competitiveness, raising serious doubts about its adherence to democratic principles and international election standards.

2023 Timor-Leste Parliamentary Elections: Celebrating Independence through Genuine Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections said in their final comprehensive observation report on the 2023 Timor-Leste Parliamentary Elections that the polls were marked by peace, genuineness and transparency. ANFREL said the elections were participated by several political parties and saw a vibrant and peaceful election campaign environment with only a few

ANFREL e-Bulletin (April-June 2023)

ANFREL released its interim statement and report on the 2023 Thai General Election and 2023 Timor-Leste Parliamentary Elections while ANFREL member organizations selected a new set of officers and members to the ANFREL Executive Council during the second quarter of 2023. ANFREL conducted international election observation missions to the recently concluded elections

Panel Discussion: Unveiling Human Rights and Democracy Challenges in 2023 Cambodia General Election

Human rights advocacy groups are hosting a panel discussion about the 2023 Cambodian General Election on Wednesday, 5 July 2023. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and FORUM-ASIA will discuss the human rights and democracy challenges ahead of the general election in

ANFREL welcomes new batch of interns

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) welcomed a new batch of interns from Taiwan and Myanmar. Three students of the Department of Global Politics and Economics in Tamkang University will be with ANFREL for a month as interns under the Global Service Internship Program while an international relations and development student

ANFREL Interim Statement on the 2023 Timor-Leste Parliamentary Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) extends its congratulations to the people of Timor-Leste, as well as the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) and the National Elections Commission (CNE) for successfully conducting the 2023 parliamentary elections that were marked by peace, genuineness, and transparency. For the 2023 Timor-Leste parliamentary elections,

ANFREL selects new executive council officers, members

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) members selected a new set of Executive Council officers and members during the General Assembly held in Bangkok, Thailand on 18 May 2023. The following are the new officers and members of the ANFREL Executive Council who will serve a three-year term: • Chairperson: Rohana

Photos: Election Day in Timor-Leste

The people of Timor-Leste head to the polls for the 2023 Parliamentary Elections today, 21 May 2023. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) deployed five teams of international election observers to monitor the elections including polling and vote tabulation processes. ANFREL wishes the people of Timor-Leste safe and peaceful elections. This

Photos: ANFREL observes 2023 Timor-Leste Parliamentary Elections

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) deployed five international election observers in Timor-Leste to monitor the 2023 Parliamentary Elections. The election observers have been interviewing various stakeholders and observing election-related activities including preparations and campaign rallies. On Election Day, 21 May 2023, ANFREL will observe polling and vote tabulation processes. This

Statement: Candlelight Party Disqualification Further Undermines Cambodian Democracy

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) expresses deep concern over the disqualification of the Candlelight Party from contesting in the upcoming general election in Cambodia scheduled for July 2023. This decision by the National Election Committee (NEC) further undermines the democratic process in the country and denies the Cambodian people’s right

ANFREL observes 2023 Thai General Election

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) deployed 41 election observes across Thailand for the 2023 general election. ANFREL election observers, who are duly accredited by the Election Commission of Thailand, are monitoring the campaign period, advance voting, and preparations for the polls in 52 out of the 77 provinces in the

Open Letter: 413 Civil Society Call on Timor-Leste to Retract Invitation to Illegal ‘Myanmar Election Agency’

Download the open letter here: Open Letter: 413 Civil Society Call on Timor-Leste to Retract Invitation to Illegal 'Myanmar Election Agency' His Excellency Dr. Jose Ramos-HortaPresidentDemocratic Republic of Timor-Leste Open Letter: 413 civil society call on Timor-Leste to retract invitation to illegal “Myanmar Election Agency” 7 April 2023 Dear Mr. President: The

ANFREL e-Bulletin (January-March 2023)

ANFREL trained leaders of domestic election observer groups in Thailand and Timor-Leste ahead of the upcoming elections, released the final report on the observation of the 2022 Nepalese elections, and concluded the second media fellowship on election reporting program during the first quarter of 2023. Some 35 leaders of election observer groups

ANFREL holds Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for CSOs in Timor-Leste

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) trained 35 leaders of election observer groups in Timor-Leste in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The ANFREL ToT for Domestic Observers in Timor-Leste, held from 31 March to 1 April 2023 in Dili, sought to mentor the participants on training their members about election

ANFREL holds Training of Trainers Workshop for National Election Monitoring Groups in Thailand

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) organized a training of trainers workshop for national election monitoring groups in Thailand on 25-26 March 2023. Ahead of the upcoming general election, ANFREL gathered in Bangkok, Thailand about 40 leaders of election observer groups in Thailand to mentor them on training their members about

ANFREL Executive Council holds annual meeting

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Executive Council officers and members gathered in Bangkok, Thailand on 20 March 2023 for the regular council meeting. The ANFREL Secretariat, led by Executive Director Chandanie Watawala, presented ANFREL's programs in 2022 and the outlook for 2023. The Executive Council reaffirmed ANFREL's commitment to push

2023 Parliamentary Openness and Monitoring Forum Joint Statement

March 15, 2023 - We, as representatives of parliamentary monitoring organizations participating in the Parliament Openness and Monitoring Forum held in Taiwan in March 2023, we deeply recognize the importance of parliamentary monitoring, especially as many countries are facing the threat of democratic regression. We believe that parliamentary monitoring organizations play a

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