Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns About May 5th Election Require Sincere Investigation and Reform

  Malaysia GE13: Serious Concerns Require Investigation and Reform   The 5th May 2012 general election in Malaysia, the country’s 13th, had an encouraging record turnout of 80 percent of eligible voters exercising their franchise and the election day processes of polling and counting were generally peaceful. But taking both of those

COMFREL releases its 2012 annual report on Democracy, Elections and Reform in Cambodia

COMFREL concludes that the Cambodian democracy has experienced further backlashes in 2012 confirming the perception among parts of the Cambodian public and the international community that Cambodia’s political system is in an increasingly fragile state of democracy." --ANFREL member COMFREL's new report on the state of democracy in Cambodia in 2012  

National Election Observation Committee (NEOC, Nepal) Holds Dialogue On the “Constitutional Deadlock & Pursuit for a Fresh Poll” in Nepal

NEOC holds a much needed dialogue on the constitutional deadlock facing Nepal, 3rd February (See more pictures below)Download the Press Statement from the Dialogue here or read it embedded below: NEOC Press Release For more info on Nepal, visit NEOC's website at http://neocelection.org   [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/NEOC-Press-Communique.pdf[/embed]    

An Update From Papua as ANFREL Executive Director Witnesses Papua 2013 Local Election

  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Uniformed Polling Station Security Stands Ready Outside the Polling Station[/caption] Indonesia finally conducted the Papuan gubernatorial election on 29 January 2013 after years of postponement due to legal obstacles and conflicts. A total of 2,705,775 registered voters across 29 regencies were eligible to vote at the 6,961 polling stations in the province. 

ASIAN ELECTORAL STAKEHOLDER FORUM RELEASES THE BANGKOK DECLARATION ON FREE & FAIR ELECTIONS

Asian electoral management bodies and civil society organizations concluded their discussion of the Bangkok Declaration on Free and Fair Elections at the end of their first-ever gathering to promote democratic, transparent elections on the world's most populous continent.   [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANFREL-news-release-11-Dec-2012_Final.pdf[/embed]   [embed width="650" height="850"]https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ANFREL-news-release-11-Dec-2012_Thai.pdf[/embed]

ANFREL member FEMA’s Interim Statement on By-Elections in Gazipur

The Gazipur - 4 by-elections were fundamentally flawed but peaceful and well administered. It is flawed as the election did not fully comply with international standards for democratic elections as well as the national election laws. [pdf-embedder url="https://anfrel.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FEMA-RELEASE-4-GAZIPUR-4-STATEMENT-2012.pdf" title="FEMA Press Release 4 GAZIPUR 4 Interim Statement - 2012"]

Special Coverage: Empowering Women in Timor-Leste Politics: The Role of the Women Caucus for Politic in Timor Leste

Special Coverage Empowering Women in Timor-Leste Politics: The Role of the Women Caucus for Politic in Timor Leste[1] The recent parliamentary elections in the Republic Democratic of Timor Leste which were held on 7 July 2012 highlighted outstanding result on the number of women elected in the national parliament. 24 women are

People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Election Day Report: Elections to Three Provincial Councils on 08.09.2012

PAFFREL Election Day Report Elections to Three Provincial Councils on 08.09.2012 The elections to provincial councils in the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa took place on Saturday, September 8, 2012. People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) election observers observed the polls with close to 85 percent coverage with both mobile and

ANFREL coordinators in Kuala Lumpur to Meet with Election Commission

Two of ANFREL’s coordinators recently met with the Secretary of the Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) Malaysia, the Malaysian Election Commission, Datuk Kamaruddin bin Mohamed Baria. The two ANFREL representatives were in Kuala Lumpur to meet members of the election commission and other election stakeholders.  At the meeting with the SPR, ANFREL discussed

ANFREL ANNUAL REPORT 2011

          ANFREL ANNUAL REPORT 2011   Asian  election  observation  has become   more  well  known in  election circles over the course of the last few years. Yet manuals  and handbooks  on  election observation too often fail to mention a key factor in the importance of election observation, particularly

Timor-Leste Goes to the Polls

July 7th, 2012 Timor-Leste Election Primer • Parliamentary Elections in the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste are scheduled for Saturday the 7th of July. The election will determine the country’s members of parliament and, as a result, will eventually determine the country’s next Prime Minister. The Secretariado Technico Administrasaun be Elesaun (STAE) has

More, Not Less: A Call for Greater Election Observation in Malaysia

ANFREL Statement on Observer Accreditation in Malaysia For Immediate Release More, Not Less: A Call for Greater Election Observation in Malaysia BANGKOK, 28 June 2012 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to acknowledge the Election Commission of Malaysia’s (SPR) recent accreditation of several organisations to observe the upcoming elections. Official

ANFREL Member COMFREL’s Press Statement, Final Assessment and Findings from the 2012 Commune Council Elections

Press Statement On Final Assessment and Findings of 2012 Commune Council Elections Phnom Penh: June 20, 2012 Press Statement On Final Assessment and Findings of 2012 Commune Council Elections The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) deployed 5,852 election observers including members and staff of national and international NGOs

ANFREL Member NICFEC of Cambodia issues Statement on Election Environment for Cambodian Commune Elections

STATEMENT ON ELECTION ENVIRONMENT FOR THE 3rd MANDATE COMMUNE/SANGKAT ELECTION Phnom Penh, June 4, 2012 On June 3, 2012, Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC) deployed 2,000 observers, including people with disabilities, in twenty-one (21) provinces/municipalities to monitor the 3rd Mandate Commune/Sangkat Election process in order

ANFREL Final Statement & Interim Report on Governor & Regent Elections in Aceh

Photo: Heri Juanda, Associated Press “More Efforts Needed to Develop Genuine Democratic Elections” Bangkok, 04 May 2012 - The Asian Network for Free Elections wishes to congratulate the people of Aceh for their participation in the second local election held since the end of the conflict in the Province. The April 9th 2012

Promoting Electoral Integrity in Southeast Asia: ANFREL and ASEAN

Promoting Electoral Integrity in Southeast Asia: ANFREL and ASEAN Introduction This paper analyses the experience of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) in elections observation, in particular looking at the strengths and weaknesses of this regional civil-society led initiative in contributing towards the development of democracy in Asia. Meanwhile, the Association

Mongolia Elections; Reform and Future Challenges

Mongolia modeled its elections since 1951 after the Soviet Union’s system of allowing only one political party to exist in the country—the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP), which was the communist party body, and the only party allowed, in country until 1990. Following the Soviet policy of Perestroika and the democratic uprisings

ANFREL Press Statement – Aceh 2012

ANFREL Press Statement - Aceh 2012 For Immediate Release: ANFREL Press Statement on Governor & Regent Elections in Aceh BANDA ACEH, 11 April 2012 – The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) wishes to commend the people of Aceh for turning out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right in what

Aceh Preliminary Report

Aceh Preliminary Report Preliminary Report 11 April 2012 The Political Campaign The campaign atmosphere was lively throughout Aceh. During the scheduled campaign period candidates and their campaign teams posted signs and banners, held rallies and canvassed districts. Campaign rallies were generally peaceful and held in designated areas specified by KIP. The strong

ANFREL joined NDI and UNEAD for the official public launch of the Declaration of Global Principles for Nonpartisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations (GNDEM)

  GENDEM was launched on 3rd – 5th April 2012 ANFREL was part of the drafting committee as invited by NDI and UNEAD since 2010.   Those organizations who participated at the UN building were OAS, UNEAD, OSCE/ODIHR, Carter Centre, LADE, EAD, SuGDE, APEM, MOE, Obscianske OKO, ISFED, TMG, COMFREL, NDI, WAEON.  

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