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In Brief: Election not free, comfrel report

In Brief: Election not free, comfrel report

The local election monitoring NGO Comfrel's Final Assessment of the July 27 national election concluded that it was conducted in an environment not fully conducive to free and fair elections because of intimidation that limited participation and freedom of expression. "There is persistent fear at every level of society of retribution from leaders, who can use their power to affect personal and family life," Comfrel's assessment said, adding the National Election Committee needed reform.

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