Filipino Election Monitoring Expert elected Chairman of International Body

Damaso G. Magbual, National Council Member of NAMFREL, was recently elected Chairman of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM) during its 2nd organizational meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 8 to 11, 2015.

GNDEM is a network of election monitors comprised of 220 member organizations from 84 countries as well as region-based monitoring bodies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Member organizations from the Philippines are NAMFREL, the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), and the Institute for Political and Economic Reforms (IPER).

GNDEM’s flagship project is the development of the "Declaration of Global Principles for Non-partisan Election Observation and Monitoring by Citizen Organizations", the gold standard world-wide for independent, non-partisan, and systematic observation of elections by domestic observers. The Declaration was launched at the United Nations in April 2012. Magbual was a member (representing Asia) of the Drafting Committee which crafted the Document.

GNDEM shares state of the art documents to its member organizations through its electronic resource center, the most sought research material being best practices on elections. It supports member organization facing harassment like the arrest of the EMO head in Azerbaijan who was arrested on false charges of tax evasion.

Magbual is the Membership Committee chairperson of NAMFREL. He is concurrently serving as Chairman of the Asian Network of Free Elections (ANFREL), a Bangkok-based network of election monitoring organizations in Asia.

For more information about GNDEM, you may visit www.gndem.org, as well as their Facebook account.