is managed by MAFREL Northern region.
Mr BK Ong is the Northern Region Coordinator.
It was first started to monitor the Permatang Pauh by-election in August 2008. As other by-elections came by, we will be using this same blog as our website to update on all coming by-elecitons/elections.
(updated March 2009)
Malaysians for Free and Fair Election ( MAFREL ) is a non-partisan & non-profit organization & aims to contribute to the democratization process especially in Malaysia. It seeks to advocate honest, orderly, peaceful, free and fair elections. MAFREL also seeks to advance the development of electoral laws & regulations, so as to be in compliance of & conformity with international covenants and protocols.
MAFREL was formed 18 October 2003, by a conference of Malaysian civil society activists, held in Kuala Lumpur, after a deliberation on the necessity of initiating a domestic election monitoring effort for the 11th Malaysian General Election.
The conference unanimously adopted that MAFREL election monitoring efforts shall be based on Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights :
“The Will Of The People Shall Be The Basis Of The Authority of Government, This Will Shall Be Expressed In Periodic And Genuine Elections Which Shall Be By Universal And Equal Suffrage And Shall Be Held By Secret Vote Or By Equivalent Free Voting Procedures.”
MAFREL’s initial plan for the 2004 Malaysian General Election monitoring included the verification of the electoral rolls, media monitoring, election campaign monitoring, polling, and, counting and tabulation monitoring.
However, due to limited resources & severe time constraints, MAFREL was unable to implement all the planned activities. The limited work of MAFREL for the March 2004 Malaysian General Election were electoral rolls verification by random sampling in three ( 3 ) Parliamentary constituencies prior to the election; Training of polling & counting agents in five ( 5 ) Parliamentary constituencies; Media monitoring through its partner Malaysian Voters Union; and Quick tabulation of results in cooperation with Malaysiakini. com
After the March 2004 Malaysian General Election, on the invitation of numerous international organizations, MAFREL participated in election observation missions in Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Thailand & Pakistan.
Within the country, MAFREL had conducted observation of the by-elections of Pengkalan Pasir ( in the state of Kelantan ), Batu Talam ( in the state of Pahang ), Machap ( in the state of Pahang ), Ijok ( in the state of Selangor ), & the state legislative elections of Sarawak
In April 2007, the Election Commission of Malaysia ( SPR ) officially recognized MAFREL as an independent election observation organization. For the 12th Malaysian General Election, MAFREL will organize a nationwide domestic election observation & monitoring effort.
* Promote democracy, good governance & human rights
* Encourage free & fair elections
* Pursue elections free of corruption, abuse of power, violence, intimidation, harassment & fear
* Highlight violations & submit complaints
* Promote compliance of international covenants & protocols
MAFREL Activities 2003-2007
Formation of MAFREL Oct 18, 2003
Registration of MAFREL Jan 27, 2004
Electoral rolls verification program Feb 14 – Mar 8, 2004
M’sia 11th General Election monitoring Mar 21, 2004
Sri Lanka parliamentary election observation Apr 2,
Philippines presidential election observation May 10, 2004
Indonesia presidential election observation Jul 5, 2004
Hong Kong legislative council election observation Sep 12, 2004
Afghanistan presidential election observation Oct 9, 2004
Thailand parliamentary election observation Feb 6, 2005
Electoral rolls verification program Apr 1 – Aug 31, 2005
Pengkalan Pasir by-election observation Dec 6, 2005
Sarawak state legislative election observation May 20, 2006
Batu Talam by-election observation Jan 27, 2007
Machap by-election observation Apr 12, 2007
Ijok by-election observation Apr 28, 2007
MAFREL’s Plan for 2005-2008
The Plan aims to prepare, organize & deploy MAFREL as a credible & effective election watch body to observe & monitor the 12th Malaysian General Election.
* MAFREL Election Personnel & Observers Training Programs
* Election Law Reform Campaign
* Free and Fair Election Campaign
* Voter Education Programs
* Political Parties Election Campaigners Training Programs
* Candidate, Election Agent, Booth Agent, Polling Agent and Counting Agent Training Programs
* MAFREL Election Observation & Monitoring Programs
* to Organize MAFREL State Coordinating Committess in 14 states;
* to Appoint and train MAFREL trainers, MAFREL coordinators, and MAFREL election observers;
* to Publish and distribute publicly booklets and leaflets on free and fair elections in Malaysia;
* to Recruit and train volunteers for election observation during general election campaign and polling day;
* to Organize volunteers for election observation during general election campaign and polling day;
* to Conduct training of political parties’ campaigners, election agents, polling agents and counting agents; &
* to Publish and distribute election observation reports to the Election Commission of Malaysia, political parties, relevant governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, research bodies, media and international organizations
MAFREL International Partners
* ANFREL Asian Network for Free Elections (Bangkok)
* ARDA Alliance for Reform and Democracy in Asia
* CIMPEL Cebu Citizens’ Involvement and Maturation in People’s Empowerment and Liberation (Cebu City)
* COMFREL Committee for Free and Fair Election in Cambodia (Phnom Penh)
* Forum Asia (Bangkok)
* HKHRM Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor (Hong Kong)
* Inter Band Japan (Tokyo)
* IRI International Republican Institute (Washington D. C. )
* KIPP Komite Independen Pemantau Pemilu (Jakarta)
* NAMFREL National Citizens Movement for Free Elections
* NDI National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (Washington D. C. )
* NED National Endowment for Democracy
(Washington D. C. )
* PAFFREL People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (Colombo)
* TAF The Asia Foundation (Bangkok)
* TAHR Taiwan Association for Human Rights (Taipei)
* TFD Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (Taipei)