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Bangkok 22 Aug 2013

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)

Co-sponsors: Friedrich Naumann Foundation Southeast Asia ( and the Asian Network for Free and Fair Elections (ANFREL) (

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” (

The program is available for download here. It includes participants biographies, paper abstracts, and logistical details.

Provisional program and schedule: Thursday August 22, 2013

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

Chair:  Prof. Robin Ramcharan (Webster University, Thailand)


1-1: Dr. Wolfgang Sachsenröder (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore)

 Political Party Finances in Southeast Asia: Are There Any Signs of Normative Development?  

1-2: Cleo Calimbahin, PhD (Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesia) Democracy promotion: From monitoring to election management reform in the Philippines

1-3: Chanintorn Pensute (University of Leeds) Thai Provincial Administrative Organisation Elections: A Case Study of Candidates and Vote Canvassers

1-4:Max Grömping (University of Sydney) Citizen reporting as norm entrepreneurship? The case of crowdsourced election monitoring in Southeast Asia

Discussant: Prof. Dr. Andreas Ufen (German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg)


12:40-1:40pm     Buffet lunch

1:00-2:25pm       Round-table: Making the vote count

Chair: Associate Professor James Gomez (Universiti Utara Malaysia)


2-1: Mr. Koul Panha (COMFREL, Cambodia)

2-2: Maria Chin Abdullah (Bersih, Malaysia) 

2-3: Mr. Tim Meisburger (The Asia Foundation, Thailand) 

2-4: Mr. Bidhayak Das (ANFREL, Thailand)

2-5: Dr. Punchada Sirivunnabood (Mahidol University,Thailand)

2-6: Mrs. Somsri Hananuntasuk (ThaiPBS) 

2-7: Mrs. Rona Ann V. Caritos (LENTE, Philippines)

Logistical details: 

Workshop Location: Mahitaladhibet Building (Room 401), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand