Press Statement on the Myanmar by-elections (April 1, 2012)

 Press Statement on the Myanmar by-elections The by-elections in Myanmar marks a historic phase in the country’s transition towards democracy and ANFREL-Foundation takes this opportunity to congratulate the people of Myanmar. The by-elections were extremely significant to sustain the reforms process in Myanmar and strengthen the process of democratization in the future.

Bangkok Post: ANFREL Calls for Myanmar Sincerity

Myanmar's "political openness should be unconditional", the chief of an Asian election watchdog said on Thursday after she and two aides were deported from the country. Asian Networks for Free Elections (Anfrel) executive director Somsri Hananuntasuk said she was forced by the Myanmar authorities to leave the country on Tuesday night and

The Race for No.1 has begun: Candidates for Governor in Aceh Pledge for Peaceful Elections & ANFREL Observes in Aceh

  On 14 March 2012, five pairs of gubernatorial candidates in the Aceh Elections made pledges for a non-violent electoral race in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh.  The candidates also committed to respect people’s freedom to exercise their rights and to maintain order and peace as their top priority. The candidates also

ANFREL Encourages Rethink of Proposed Electoral Law on Malaysians Living Abroad

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) encourages countries to allow citizens living abroad to be able to participate in their home countries’ elections. A citizen’s right to participate in their country’s election is a universal one and shouldn’t be restricted when good methods exist to allow voters abroad to participate.  This

ANFREL Election Observers’ Statement on Taiwan’s 2012 Elections

Credible Elections but a Tilted Playing Field  Introduction The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), at the invitation of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Taiwan Grassroots Alliance for Peace & Citizen Congress Watch, observed Taiwan’s historic Presidential and Legislative Yuan elections in January of 2012. This mission is the third Election Observation

Asian Civic Group to Observe Taiwan Elections

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) A civic group comprising of members from Asian democracies is scheduled to visit Taiwan next week to observe the Jan. 14 legislative and presidential elections, the Taipei-based Civil Congress Watch (CCW) said Friday. A delegation of the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL), an organization that has members

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

WFDA Statement: Asian Democrats Call for a Peaceful Election in Thailand and Progress in repairing Thai Democracy

The World Forum for Democratization in Asia (WFDA) is closely following the general election that will be held in Thailand on 3 July, with both hope and concern. Following the military coup in 2006, Thailand has seen a rapid succession of governments, of various persuasions, all of which suffered from deficits of

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

Bangkok Post: Candidates Register, Prep for Election

Election candidates nationwide began registering for the race in the constituency system yesterday, the first day of registration. In several constituencies, former MPs still banned from politics fielded their political proteges in hopes of maintaining the ranks of their candidates. In the provinces, single-seat constituency registrations for 375 MPs were held at

West Bengal, Assam Election Results

A round-up of the day's events: Tarun Gogoi-led Congress swept the polls bagging a near two-thirds majority to retain power in Assam, making it a straightforward result right from the onset. And Gogoi is expected to take up the position as CM for the third-time in a row.

Election Code of Conduct Signed : Thailand

Pledge by political parties not to engage in violence, and respect results Today representatives from 19 political parties signed a code of conduct for the election campaign, pledging themselves to a set of principles for a free and fair election. This code of conduct is an important sign of cooperation between political

Bangkok Post: Pheu Thai Party Leads the Charge

Two recent opinion polls show the opposition Pheu Thai Party as most likely to win the general election. One poll result, conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) during May 2-3 from 1,203 samples across the country, showed 23.36% of respondents would vote for the Pheu Thai Party, 20.20% for

Bangkok Post: ANALYSIS – A Pheu Thai Victory Does Not Guarantee a Pheu Thai Government

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva officially announced the election date and House dissolution via state television last night after a royal decree to dissolve the House of representatives was endorsed by His Majesty the King. It was widely believed by several parties that the opposition Pheu Thai would win the election with the

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,

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