The Info List - National Movement For Free Elections

The National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections
National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections
or NAMFREL is an election watchdog in the Philippines. It was the first and one of the most famous election watch campaign.[1] It is known to have introduced non-partisan national election monitoring to the Philippines
after exposing the issues involved with the 1986 Snap Elections.[2] NAMREL was co-founded by Jose S. Concepcion, Jr., and was its first National Chairperson. NAMFREL was formally organized in October 1983 as an offshoot of the New Voters Registration Committee, which was formed in the 1960s. It currently has the support of more than 140 benefactors and 125 organizations. Its current national chairperson is Corazon Dela Paz-Bernardo. NAMFREL's goal is to ensure "free, orderly and honest elections" in the Philippines. It is a non-partisan organization with over 250,000 member-volunteers from different religious, civic, business, professional, labor, youth, educational, and non-government organizations. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accredited NAMFREL as its "citizens' arm" since 1986 to conduct manual parallel counts, which it called "Operation Quick Count." In 1986, NAMFREL mobilized 500,000 volunteers nationwide to guard the snap presidential elections. President Ferdinand Marcos
Ferdinand Marcos
declared himself the winner of the election; the NAMFREL count, however, showed that Corazon Aquino
Corazon Aquino
won. In the days that followed, the EDSA People Power revolt took place, sweeping Aquino to power. For the May 2010 automated Philippine presidential elections NAMFREL was not accredited to conduct its own count. Instead, the organization conducted a nationwide election observation mission called "Bantay ng Bayan" ("sentinels of the people"). Presently, NAMFREL is also active internationally, its officers and volunteers having worked as trainers, observer team members, election administrators and resource persons in 35 countries, and have sent its volunteers as the official Philippine observer delegation to Cambodia during the 1998 parliamentary elections there, as well as in Indonesia in 1999 for the Presidential elections after the fall of Suharto.[3] In 1998, NAMFREL representatives attended the International IDEA conference in Copenhagen. See also[edit]

Philippine electoral crisis, 2005


^ Hedman, Eva-Lotta E. (2006). "1. In the Name of Civil Society". In the name of civil society : from free election movements to people power in the Philippines. Honolulu: Univ. of Hawai'i Press. ISBN 0824829212.  ^ Bjornlund, Eric C. (2004). Beyond free and fair : monitoring elections and building democracy. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press. p. 210. ISBN 0801880483.  ^ http://www.namfrel.com.ph/v2/aboutus/history.php

External links[edit]

Official NAMFREL Website An excerpt from Bantay Ng Bayan (Sentinels of the People) Stories of the NAMFREL crusade 1984-1986, by Kaa Byington PCIJ profile of Jose S. Concepcion, Jr.

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Election and democracy support/reform organizations

Internationally focused NGOs

The Carter Center Centre for Democracy
and Development (Africa) Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy
in Africa International Foundation for Electoral Systems National Democratic Institute Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy World Movement for Democracy Demo Finland

Bilateral / intergovernmental organizations / United Nations

Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials International Institute for Democracy
and Electoral Assistance United Nations Development Programme Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Governmental/ government-funded organizations

Westminster Foundation for Democracy International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (defunct) International Republican Institute National Endowment for Democracy

Country focused NGOs

(Malaysia) Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy
and Development (Georgia) Citizens' Group on Electoral Process (Pakistan) Coalition for Free and Open Elections (USA) Shayfeencom
(Egypt) Democracy
Watch (Canada) Electoral Reform Society
Electoral Reform Society
(UK) Institute for Election Systems Development (Russia) Fair Vote Canada (Canada) FairVote
(USA) Foundation for Democratic Advancement (Canada) Israel Democracy
Institute National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections
National Citizens' Movement for Free Elections
(Philippines) Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
(Philippines) Unlock Democracy

International advocacy groups

Project on Middle Ea