Workshop on Electoral Integrity in Southeast Asia
Thursday, August 22, 2013
When: 10:40am to 15:40pm on Thursday 22 August 2013
Where: Chumpot Pantip Hall, 4th floor, Prajadhipok-Rambhai Bldg., Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (see maps below)
Organizer: Max Grömping (University of Sydney)
Aims: This panel and round-table aimed at identifying the key challenges to electoral integrity in Southeast Asia from the perspectives of academics and practitioners. Taking the Bangkok Declaration on Free and Fair Elections as a starting point, we discussed how state actors, the media and civil society can contribute to cleaner elections, and how regional cooperation or networking of the different stakeholders can strengthen the integrity of elections.
Synopsis: Southeast Asia has seen an increase in electoral democracies since the 1990s. Elections as a nonviolent method for bestowing political power have become more widespread, while at the same time huge questions about the integrity of some of these elections remain. As evidenced by the ASEAN Political-Security Community Blueprint or the recently proclaimed Bangkok Declaration , the idea of electoral integrity as a regional norm is gaining ground in the region, being championed, at least in words, by both top-down and bottom-up movements.
The panel and round-table examined the diverse challenges of electoral integrity in Southeast Asia by bringing together practitioners and regional academics. The event used a theoretical framework that regards electoral integrity as an emerging regional normative commons, similar to the case of the evolving Southeast Asian Human Rights regime. The development and potential internalization of this norm could lead to an institutional framework that would safeguard peoples’ free and fair access to the mechanism by which they select their representatives and power bearers.
The event took place under the larger umbrella of the ICIRD 2013 conference on “Beyond Borders: Building a Regional Commons in Southeast Asia” (www.icird.org).
The program is available for download here. It includes participants biographies, paper abstracts, and logistical details.
10:40-10:50am Welcome and introduction
Dr. Rainer Adam (Friedrich Naumann Foundation)
10:50am-12:40pm Panel: Challenges of Electoral Integrity in Southeast Asia
12:40-1:40pm Buffet lunch
1:00-2:25pm Round-table: Making the vote count
Chair: Associate Professor James Gomez (Universiti Utara Malaysia)