Elections


The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) will compete in this year’s general election and try to win a majority in most constituencies, says Nyan Win, spokesperson for the party.
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Western embassies in Myanmar have outlined a comprehensive package of support aimed at helping to ensure that the election due late this year is inclusive, credible and transparent. (more…)

A new political party in Arakan State called the ‘Arakan Patriotic Party, APP’ has registered with the election commission in Naypyidaw.
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The party of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will contest the general election this year even if there is no change in the constitution to allow the Nobel laureate to become president, one of the party’s top leaders said on Friday. (more…)

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has announced an enrolment deadline of 30 April 2015 for those who wish to form new political parties to contest this year’s general election. (more…)

As chairman of the subcommission tasked with an important three-phase project compiling voter lists in Rangoon and other preparatory measures ahead of elections late this year, retired Col. Ko Ko is overseeing an undertaking that is crucial to ensuring credible polls.
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Pledges of financial assistance by six Western governments and the European Union in the run-up to November’s general elections have left political parties confused over who will benefit and the legality of foreign aid. (more…)

Programmes to educate voters in Yangon Region will commence in the middle of March under the guidance of election monitoring organisations. (more…)

When Myanmar’s Parliament voted on February 2 to approve a bill governing regulations for a planned referendum on constitutional amendments, it unleashed a firestorm. Included in the bill was a provision explicitly allowing holders of temporary ID cards – also known as “white cards” – to vote in the referendum.
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With Burma gearing up for a crucial general election in November, a coalition of six countries and the European Union released a statement this week affirming their support for free and fair polls. Democracy proponents hope the vote will be the first credible nationwide election in decades, but with the country beset by challenges and governed under a highly contentious, military-drafted Constitution, the outcome appears hardly certain.
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S.H.A.N. police officers received election security training at the state police office in Taunggyi Town, Shan State on 23 February.
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Several foreign embassies in Myanmar have voiced support for the upcoming general elections set for November and have been providing technical, training and donor support to the Union Election Commission, according to a joint press release on March 3.
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The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has elected 90 percent of its party representatives to contest the upcoming 2015 elections in Mon State.
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Mon State’s voter registration for Burma’s upcoming 2015 general elections will open the first week of March. The State’s registration process will be implemented with help from the International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), which will provide technological infrastructure for the project.
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Burma’s much-anticipated 2015 election will take place in November, according to the country’s president, speaking to the nation in his monthly radio address on Sunday.

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The debate over which electoral system is best suited to Myanmar seems to have been put on the backburner for now, but it is only a matter of time before the issue resurfaces, potentially ahead of crucial November elections.
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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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