Elections


Training for the police in security, electoral law and procedures has begun. Senior officers throughout the country will undergo training in international standards first, and lower ranks will be trained later.
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The Union Election Commission has advised the United Nationalities Alliance to avoid confrontation with the government over the student march calling for amendments to the National Education Law.
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The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party, or SNDP, says it aims to win more than 50 percent of all seats it competes for in this year’s general election.
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Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that parliament’s decision to allow temporary identity card holders to vote in an upcoming referendum on amending the constitution is unconstitutional.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has agreed to most of the amendments advocated by civil society organizations on a proposed code of conduct for monitors of this year’s general election.
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A new law that enables Myanmar to hold a referendum on amending the constitution is unlikely to bring changes that would allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become president after this year’s general election, a ruling party MP said on Thursday.
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Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests.
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Six-party talks may materialize before the 2015 general elections, Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann told the media at today’s press meet in Nay Pyi Taw.
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A recent survey of over 62,000 Mon people living in the Thanitharyi Region in southeast Myanmar shows 39,582 people have no national identification card and this problem negatively affects Mon representation in parliament, according to a report by the Independent Mon News Agency on February 10.
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Arakanese lawmakers and a group of opposition parties, including Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), are asking Burma’s Constitutional Tribunal to overturn a recent parliamentary decision to grant so-called white card holders the right to vote in a planned constitutional referendum.
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The Rakhine Women’s Network and other Rakhine activists have announced they will stage a protest against parliament’s decision to allow “white card” holders to vote in a national referendum by hoisting Buddhist flags at homes. (more…)

Nationalist monks and laypeople plan to stage seven days of protests beginning on Monday to denounce a parliamentary decision this week allowing temporary citizens to vote in a nationwide referendum on constitutional reform.
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The government will act to ensure countless towns and villages that have for years been branded by the predecessor to the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) are stripped of partisanship once more, the Ministry of Home Affairs says. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi insists she can still lead Myanmar despite her fears that the transition from dictatorship has become a “parody of democracy” ahead of landmark elections due this year. (more…)

Though the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society group will continue to cooperate with the National League for Democracy to promote peace, political dialogue and seek amendments to the 2008 Constitution, no decision has been made on any co-operation during the 2015 election campaign, said Ko Jimmy, a prominent member of the 88 Generation. (more…)

Lists of eligible voters in some townships would be released in March, according to Win Kyi, a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC), told the Daily Eleven. (more…)

Three parties based in or near Kayah State have decided to work together to increase their chances of success in the elections scheduled for later this year. (more…)

Local and international civil society organizations will request Burma’s Union Election Committee (UEC) this week to make a number of important changes to the draft rules for independent election monitoring during the general elections in late 2015. (more…)

Members of the Union Election Commission say they are unsure if a constitutional referendum will take place in May, as the key logistics of the exercise remain shrouded in uncertainty five months before the vote is due to take place. (more…)

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has launched a door-to-door voter outreach campaign ahead of Burma’s 2015 national elections, according to party officials, amid lingering uncertainty over the scope of partisan initiatives permitted by the Union Election Commission. (more…)

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