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Sunday, 3 July 2011

National Institute for Electroral Intergrity (NIEI)

National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI) of Malaysia began in 1999 as an informal group of like-minded activists for genuine democracy.

NIEI works to enhance development of democracy in Malaysia, especially areas related to election issues and problems. Thus, NIEI is active in monitoring election processes and program on voters’ awareness.

In 2007 and 2008, NIEI is involved in voters’ education program for natives in the states of Sabah and Sarawak. This activity is about bringing awareness of rights of voters and making informed choices. The program is very popular among the natives and was frequently invited to conduct it in communities that were not in our target list.

NIEI under the umbrella of ANFREL participates as international election observers in Asian countries, NIEI had sent its observers to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Nepal,Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Aceh and The Philippines since 2004.

A substantial proportion of young population of Malaysia do not register as voters and many more do not participate in election, NIEI now is working among youth for their active participation in processes of Malaysian democracy.

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