Campaign for Free & Fair Elections (CaFFE)
Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) was established in April 2008 with an aim to conduct a sustained campaign to monitor and observe elections and to create a broad forum to address issues related to the failure of democratic norms in Sri Lanka. Today CaFFE is a people’s organization, which encompasses members of civil society, lobby community and religious groups, trade unions, members of political parties and opinion makers.
Though citizen’s groups and NGOs were monitoring elections before, CaFFE commenced its operations and able to emerge a leading election monitor in a short time through organization and its desire to challenge by ground realities.
Their election monitors consist of individuals who are from all three communities and from various religious groups. CaFFE was created to replace independent organizations which have now lost their impartiality and losing their credibility being biased.
CaFFE is an organization with multi-partiality as its core foundation and with a view to up hold Democratic values in society. CaFFE has opened district coordination centers at each district where elections are held and trains election observers and monitors volunteers to serve during elections periods from within election districts as well as from outside the province that the elections are being held within.
CaFFE's election information gathering mechanism extends to include representatives of different political parties and countrywide representatives from all parts of Sri Lanka who go into election areas. Their members come from political party headquarters, district and electoral offices, thus making us an in-depth and well embedded local level network of election monitors and observers.
Their donors - USAID, German, Canadian, Brittish, NDI, NED, DAI, Swiss, Asia Foundation, Norwagian, NetherlandSee more