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International Participation

NAMFREL participates in EU forum on domestic election observation

in Brussels, Belgium

Upon the invitation of the European Union, NAMFREL Membership Committee Chair Mr. Damaso Magbual, and Special Projects Committee Chair Ms. Corazon Ignacio, participated in the Forum on Enhancing EU Support to Domestic Election Observers, held on July 14 and 15 in Brussels, Belgium. The aims of the forum were to identify how the EU can improve its technical support and collaboration with domestic observer groups, and to provide a platform for dialogue and peer learning among international observer groups. The forum was attended by 88 participants from 87 election monitoring organizations coming from 66 countries.
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In the forum, NAMFREL was recognized as the oldest election monitoring organization (EMO) in the world. In a presentation, Mr. Patrick Merlowe of the National Democratic Institute said that NDI's engagement in election observation missions all over the world took its inspiration from NAMFREL's accomplishment during the 1986 snap presidential elections. He also mentioned that after 1986, organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America requested NDI to fund their trips to the Philippines to study NAMFREL, or to invite NAMFREL people as consultants and mentors in the start-up of their election monitoring projects.
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