ANFREL Preliminary Report July 5th – Thailand

Constitutional Amendments & Electoral System The constitutional amendments and subsequent changes to the Electoral Law of early 2011 made significant changes to the electoral system. The number of elected members of parliament was increased from 480 to 500, divided between 375 elected from single member constituencies (first-past-the-post) and 125 elected from a

Bangkok Post: ANFREL – Advance voting went well

While commending Sunday's advance voting as relatively well managed, the Asian Network for Free Election (Anfrel) has urged the Election Commission (EC) to place more emphasis on the quality of polling booth officials and called for transparent storage and counting of ballots and transporting of votes cast outside home provinces. The Anfrel

Advanced Voting Observation in Thailand

With the organization of the advanced vote on Sunday 26th June, the ongoing electoral process in Thailand has entered a new phase: nearly 3 million voters, both residents and non-resident voters registered to cast their vote one week prior to the General Elections on 3rd July 2011. Voters across the country were

Turkish Weekly: Asian Election Monitors Decry Violence in Thai Campaign

An international organization is appealing for party leaders in Thailand to ask their supporters to end violence and stop obstructing the campaign processes of their opponents. The Asian Network for Free Elections, supported by private-sector groups in 11 countries, said Tuesday it has recorded several cases of threats and intimidation during the

Bangkok Post: Monitor Team to Keep Eye on Electioneering, Starting Today

The Asian Network for Free Elections will begin its monitoring of Thailand's general election Tuesday, with vote-buying and political violence among its top concerns. The poll watcher urged Thai citizens to report any unusual circumstances in their localities, while the media, the Election Commission of Thailand and political parties contesting the poll

The Nation: ANFREL to Monitor Thai Election

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) announced Monday it would dispatch 60 volunteers from 24 countries to 77 provinces monitor the situation ahead of the July 3 election. ANFREL director Somsri Harnananthasuk told a press conference that the first group of ANFREL observers would go out to provinces on Tuesday. Later

Thai Political Timeline

6 Jan 2001 Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party win general elections on a populist platform of economic growth and development. He wins control of 296 of 500 seats in the House of Representatives. Jan 2004 Muslim radicals launch an insurgency in the southern provinces. Thaksin responds with a

Thailand Rejects Foreign Election Monitors

Thailand on Thursday dismissed suggestions that foreign observers were needed to monitor its upcoming election, with the deputy prime minister saying he does "not respect" Westerners. It would be "inappropriate" to allow outside involvement in the poll, which is due in June or July and comes after deadly street protests last year,

NAMFREL Concludes Participation in the 2010 Afghanistan Wolesi Jirga Election

NAMFREL participated as election observers in the September 18 Wolesi Jirga (parliamentary) elections in Afghanistan. Senior Operations Associate Paolo B. Maligaya, and Bantay ng Bayan coordinator Kristine Marie D. Tapiz, were deployed as long-term observers in Balkh province and Kapisa province, respectively, as members of the just-concluded observation mission of the Asian Network

More Efforts Needed for Change and Long Term Commitment for Democracy: ANFREL

KABUL - The Asian Network for Free Elections comprising of 30 citizen observers from 11 countries across Asia, congratulate the people of Afghanistan for their participation in the Wolesi Jirga Election.The September 18th election is another milestone towards strengthening democracy and respect the rule of law. The statement covers the pre election

ANFREL: Government Assets Used in Wolesi Jirga Polls

KABUL - Strong and resourceful candidates, expropriating government assets and machinery, attempted to influence Saturday's Wolesi Jirga elections, an observer group alleged on Wednesday. Threats, violence and money were widely acknowledged as an effective strategy to win the electoral battle, preventing many candidates from contest the polls freely, said the Asian Network

2009 Mission Report: Presidential & Provincial Councel Elections AFGHANISTAN 2009

View Full Report (PDF) The  Asian  Network  for  Free  Elections  (ANFREL)  Foundation  which  is a leading regional election network of civil society organisations was set up in  1997  to  promote  the  process  of  democratisation  and  democratic consolidation  through  elections  in  Asia  and  also  in  other  parts  of  the world.  The  Foundation  has

2009 Mission Report: Indonesia Legislative Election

View Full Report (PDF) The April 9 2009 polls marked another important chapter in the annals of Indonesia’s long and an undeniably attention-grabbing history. The elections were held in the face of growing criticisms regarding mismanagement by the National Election Commission (KPU), though the process was by and large peaceful and smooth. The glitches notwithstanding,

2008 Mission Report: Philippines Regional Election – Autonomous Muslim Mindanao

View Full Report (PDF) The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) used automated election systems during the recent election of a Regional Governor, Vice Regional Governor and Assemblyman for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). COMELEC is authorized to use automated election systems, whether paper based or direct recording electronic systems, by the Republic Act No.

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