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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Fourth Asian electoral stakeholder’s forum (AESF-IV)

Fourth Asian electoral stakeholder’s forum (AESF-IV)


The fourth Asian electoral stakeholder’s forum 2018 held in Sri Lanka Colombo. This was the first time AESF was held in South Asia. It was jointly organised by election commission of Sri Lanka and Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to discuss the state of elections and democracy in the region. The AESF has been attended by more than 250 delegates from 45 countries. 
With the theme of ‘advancing election transparency and integrity promoting and defending democracy together’ . 
The forum gives an opportunity for Asian election commissions, elections observers, non- government organizations, and interstate bodies to gather and discuss the state of elections and democracy in the region.
India is being represented by chief electoral officer
History background of AESF
ASEF is the largest gathering of election management bodies and civil society organizations in Asia. Its is being held to secure the broad establishment of democracy and security when holding elections within the region.

It provides opportunity for Asian election commissions, election observers, NGOs and interstate bodies to gather and discuss state of elections and democracy in the region. It also provides platform for institutionalizing capacity building efforts to pave the way for more meaningful and credible election through cooperation among stake holders.
In 2012, representatives of Asian electoral management bodies and civil society organizations met in Bangkok for the first-ever regional gathering to promote democratic, transparent elections in the world’s, most populous continent.

The Second AESF was held in Dili, Timor Leste in 2015 and had established Dili indicators of democratic elections.
The Third AESF was held in 2016 in Bali, Indonesia which had framed bail commitment – eight keys to electoral integrity