AESF-VI: Stakeholders Affirm Dedication to Strengthen Democracy, Promote Electoral Integrity through Electoral Reforms

The participants of the sixth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum (AESF-VI) affirmed their dedication to strengthen democracy and promote electoral integrity through electoral reforms, encapsulated in the Kathmandu Declaration.

Around 300 electoral stakeholders from election management bodies (EMBs), election observer groups, civil society organizations, academe, international NGOs, among others, gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal from 6 to 7 December 2023 to discuss electoral issues and challenges and shared insights, lessons and best practices to further strengthen and push for electoral democracy.

AESF-VI hosted seven panel discussions which further fleshed out the impact of money politics, disinformation on elections, inclusion of marginalized groups and employment of alternative voting mechanisms and technology to increase political participation, effect of elections to the environment, and promotion of sustainable democracy through electoral reforms.

The two-day event culminated in the signing of the “Kathmandu Declaration on Strengthening Democracy and Promoting Electoral Integrity through Electoral Reforms in Asia” between Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Election Commission, Nepal (ECN).

ANFREL and ECN co-hosted the AESF-VI, in partnership with the General Election Observation Committee (GEOC) and the National Election Observation Committee (NEOC).

AESF is a continuing engagement between election management bodies, civil society organizations and other election stakeholders from across Asia and beyond. To date, there have been five iterations of the AESF, held in Bangkok, Thailand (2012), Dili, Timor-Leste (2015), Bali, Indonesia (2016), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018) and online (2021).

The AESF is a continuing engagement between election management bodies, civil society organizations and other election stakeholders from across Asia and beyond. The five previous iterations of the AESF were held in Bangkok, Thailand (2012), Dili, Timor-Leste (2015), Bali, Indonesia (2016), Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018) and online (2021).

Previous AESF Documents

AESF-2012AESF-2012AESF-2015AESF-2016AESF-2018