The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) observed the final mock polling station set up by the Election Commission of Sri Lanka at the President College Rajagiriya in Colombo on 24 June 2020. EC held a series of mock polls to test health and safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and youth volunteers from domestic observer group WeWatch were in Lampang (Northern Thailand) on 20 June 2020 to monitor the first by-election held in Thailand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The election served as testing grounds for "new normal" polling procedures introduced by the Election Commission.
First published on the website of CMEV on 17 June 2020. ANFREL member in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), published their election observation report for the 2019 Sri Lankan Presidential Election. CMEV said the report provides an overview of the election, key election features and trends including election
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) observed a mock polling station set up by the Election Commission (EC) of Sri Lanka at the Menerigama Primary School in Kalutara District on 14 June 2020. These are photos of what ANFREL observed about measures and precautions voters might expect on Election Day. The
The ANFREL program in Myanmar together with the New Myanmar Foundation (NMF) conducted a four-day online training on election monitoring from 9 to 12 June 2020. This was part of ANFREL's capacity building program for National Election Monitoring Organizations (NEMG) which promote citizen election observation in Myanmar. Twenty participants were selected for
The world is looking at the successful conduct of the parliamentary election in South Korea as a case study in organizing elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), with the Asia Democracy Network (ADN), Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB), and the Korea Democracy Foundation co-organized on
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.
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is hosting a series of online training sessions for journalists in Myanmar on reporting elections to prepare them for the anticipated 2020 General Election. ANFREL, in cooperation with the Myanmar Press Council (MPC), kicked off its “Training of Trainers Program for Journalists in Myanmar on
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:
First published on the Daily Mirror on 7 May 2020 By Tharindu Abeyrtahna Despite the fact that electoral democracy in Sri Lanka faced many challenges in pre and post-independence eras, the country has managed to conduct periodical elections in national level. Sri Lanka known as the oldest democracy in Asia and it
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
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
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
The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has set 20 June 2020 as the new date for the Parliamentary Election. It was originally scheduled for 25 April 2020 but was postponed due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. ANFREL member in Sri Lanka, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) , published
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the everyday life of people around the world affecting their livelihood and restricting freedoms they enjoy. Several countries have also postponed their scheduled elections in light of the current situation but on 15 April 2020, South Korea proceeded with its legislative election in what the world now
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
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"
27 March 2020 As the world continues to face the severe outbreak of COVID-19, states across Asia are taking measures to tackle the epidemic and protect the health of their population, which is obviously the foremost concern. At the same time, while everyday life is disrupted, elections and democratic processes are also
The 2020 Taiwanese General Election was conducted smoothly and transparently, the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) found in their study mission saying it demonstrated the robust democracy that Taiwan has become. On 11 January 2020, over 19 million registered voters of the Republic of China (also referred to as Taiwan) went
ANFREL is looking for a dynamic person to fill the new position of Logistic Officer for ANFREL Myanmar Program. The Logistic Officer will work with ANFREL’s team in Myanmar in supporting activities for all programs and ahead of the upcoming general elections. The Logistic Officer will be tasked with the following: -
[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
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a competent individual to fill the position of Finance Assistant for the Capacity Building for Media and Civil Society Program of ANFREL's office in Yangon, Myanmar. The program officer will work with ANFREL's Admin/Finance Officer in Myanmar in implementing day to day
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.
[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
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) released the latest edition of its quarterly e-newsletter E-Bulletin. For the last quarter of 2019, ANFREL successfully concluded its international election observation mission for the 2019 Sri Lanka Presidential Election in November, organized trainings for election monitors in Myanmar and Thailand, and elected a new
[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,
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), in partnership with the Myanmar Journalist Network, organized the first of two consultation meetings with members of the media in Myanmar on 18 December 2019. Eleven journalists from seven states/regions in the Central and Southern part of Myanmar discussed the issues and challenges they face
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) is looking for a dynamic person to fill the new position of Project Associate for a Capacity Building program titled “Empowering Media and Civil Society: A Consolidated Approach to Myanmar’s 2020 Elections.” The Project Associate will work with ANFREL’s Program Officer in Myanmar in implementing
The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) office in Myanmar is now accepting applications for its three-month internship program beginning January 2020. The intern will assist in logistics, finance, and administration needs of ANFREL Myanmar office including coordination and research tasks. The intern will receive a monthly travel allowance for the duration