2011: IDEA – Campaigning in Democratic Elections

View Full Report (PDF) This Code of Conduct was drafted in the first half of 1998. The process involved the retrieval, collation, analysis and synthesis of all the different codes and materials on this topic. This enabled the formulation and drafting of a universal set of minimum standards. Following distribution of the draft code, a lengthy and detailed

Myanmar After the Elections: A Call for Essential Comprehensive Electoral Reform

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has expressed its profound disappointment in the conduct of Myanmar’s 2010 Parliamentary & Regional Assembly Elections. After missing a chance to hold truly free and fair elections, ANFREL hopes that Myanmar’s military junta and the new parliament, once formed, take this post-election period as an opportunity to institute

TACDB Expresses Its Severe Disappointment in ASEAN and Implores It to Re-Examine Its Approach to Burma’s Junta

The Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB) wishes to express its extreme disappointment in the Association of South East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) embrace of the severely flawed election in Burma. By doing so, ASEAN’s Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan and the members of ASEAN have put the priorities of the Burma Junta above those

NUP Concedes Defeat

The National Unity Party (NUP), the second largest party in Burma's general election on Sunday, has conceded defeat to the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), although it accuses the USDP of winning the election illegally. The NUP—formed by loyalists to late dictator Gen Ne Win who was forced from power

ANFREL Calls for the Myanmar UEC and SPDC to Clarify and Seriously Investigate Advance Voting Activities and Counting Process Irregularities

The Asian Network For Free Elections (ANFREL-Foundation) calls attention to an important point from November 7th & 8th‘s counting activities that requires the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar to urgently clarify why the counting process was not made transparent to the public and the media beginning with

Burma Declares State of Emergency After Poll

Burma has been placed under a 90-day state of emergency after holding its first election in 20 years. Emergency rule to prevent political gatherings has been in place for three months in the lead-up to the poll. The state of emergency prevents further political gatherings and stops soldiers from leaving the military

Declaration by the High Representative Catherine Ashton on behalf of the European Union on the elections in Burma/Myanmar

1. Today, the first elections were held in Burma/Myanmar, since those of 1990 whose results were never implemented. 2. Elections in themselves do not make a country democratic; nevertheless they should offer the opportunity for a new beginning and greater pluralism. The EU regrets therefore that the authorities did not take the necessary steps to ensure a

Irrawaddy: Inside Burma

Post-election Chief Ministers already selected, sources say - Ba Kaung The Burmese regime has reportedly already selected several formervhigh-ranking military officials as the future chief ministers for regionalvand state governments to be formed after the Nov. 7 election. All the selected retired military officials are candidates of the junta's proxy Union Solidarity and

NDT: Burma Bars Foreign Reporters & Monitors from National Election

Burma’s military rulers say international poll monitors and foreign journalists will be barred from the country’s first election in 20 years. The United States, Britain and Burma’s Southeast Asian neighbors have urged the military junta to allow independent election monitors at the November 7 election. Critics say the election will actually strengthen

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC): Junta’s Elections on 7 November 2010 is to Justify Five Decades of Military Rule

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for the international community not to recognize junta’s planned 2010 election and its results. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD), victor of 1990 election, decided unanimously to boycott the junta’s planned sham 2010 election due to its unfair electoral laws. Without the

Shan Artists Banded to Uncover Burma’s Sham 2010 Elections

Chiang Mai, Thailand: More than 30 well-known Shan artists  and activists teamed up with Thai border-based community groups in producing a new VCD, exposing the truth about Burma's SPDC-controlled 2010 Elections and possible post-election impacts on the people. The Shan language VCD, which was yesterday officially launched in Chiang Mai, Thailand, features

NLD and Ethnic Leaders Tour Kachin State

Several leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma's recently dissolved main opposition party, are traveling in Kachin State with a prominent ethnic leader to meet with local party members and lobby for a boycott of next month's election. NLD central executive committee member Ohn Kyaing told The Irrawaddy that he

ANFREL: ‘The curtain will be closed’

The Asian Network for Free Elections(ANFREL) was established in 1997 as Asia’s first regional network of civil society organizations. Its director, Somsri Hananuntasuk, has just returned from Afghanistan where the group was allowed to freely monitor the polls, interview candidates and hold press conferences. It’s a world away from Burma, she tells DVB, where

USDA Campaigns with Cash in Kachin Churches

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is backed by Burma’s military, is campaigning ethnic Kachin churches, using small donations to gain votes on November 7th, according to Kachin church sources. On October 11, USDP candidate, U Thein Zaw, campaigned at the Kachin Roman Catholic Church in Gat Shang Yang Village,

NDI: Afghanistan Election Update

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has invalidated votes from more than 442 polling centers and is recounting votes from an additional 828 centers. The decisions came after IEC tally center staff in Kabul identified irregularities in results forms retrieved from the provinces. Irregularities included a suspiciously high number of votes recorded for individual candidates and forms that

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

Afghanistan Tackling Almost 4,000 Poll Complaints

KABUL - Afghanistan's electoral watchdog said Wednesday it was dealing with almost 4,000 complaints over the parliamentary election, which has been tainted by accusations of fraud and Taliban intimidation. Election officials said 4.3 million Afghans voted on Saturday despite insurgent threats and attacks, in their second parliamentary poll since the 2001 US-led

Threats Cut Election Turnout in Afghanistan

KABUL—Taliban intimidation and violence during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections kept many voters away from the polls, producing the lowest turnout in any Afghan election since the U.S. invasion in 2001, amid reports of widespread fraud. "Ballot-stuffing was seen to varying extents in most provinces," said the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan,

Ban Ki-moon Praises Afghan Vote

Mr Ban Ki-moon noted that the participation of over 2,500 election contestants, including 400 women was a significant step for the civil society of Afghanistan. He also admired the efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces for maintaining security during this democratic process that took place in more than 5,000 polling centres.

56 People Detained for Using Fake Votes in Logar

Fifty-six people, half of whom were election workers, were detained for stuffing ballot boxes with fake votes in central Logar province, officials said. The suspects were detained on Saturday after polling centres closed in Dobandi area of Khwakhi district, Zarghone area of Muhammad Aghan district and Barakibarak district and Porak village of

IEC Calls the Elections a Success

IEC announced on Saturday evening that the Afghan parliamentary elections ended successfully despite fears of fraud and Taliban attacks Although there were some who attempted to commit fraud, but it wasn't possible because the IEC was closely monitoring everything, head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Fazal Ahmad Manawi, told reporters at

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