Elections


With an historic general election just seven months away, Burma’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is locked in a high-stakes showdown with a military-backed government that she says isn’t interested in reform. (more…)

Political and ethnic leaders have offered a lukewarm response to the latest round of 48-party dialogue with President Thein Sein, held in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
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Burma’s political heavyweights met in Naypyidaw on Wednesday for the latest summit in a stop-start series of political reform talks. President Thein Sein, military officials, parliamentary representatives, ministers, leader of the opposition Aung San Suu Kyi and other party leaders discussed issues around the peace process, the upcoming elections and ensuring peaceful power transfer to a winning party in the election.
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A petition campaign has been launched to pressure the government into reforming the Union Election Commission (UEC), a body which activist group the Mass Movement Acceleration Network (MMAN) says is illegitimate.
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A recent interview with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi by the international press has sparked controversy over whether her National League for Democracy might really boycott the upcoming 2015 general election.
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The Union Election Commission has called on the Mon National Party to explain why it issued a joint statement last month with the New Mon State Party (NMSP), an ethnic rebel group that has waged an armed struggle against the central government.
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As anticipation grows for Burma’s election later this year, the role of the Union Election Commission (UEC) and the constitutional foundations for the ballot are coming under increased scrutiny. Following a recent proposal to increase membership of the UEC, which currently stands at 18, DVB invited Supreme Court lawyer and member of the National League for Democracy’s committee on constitutional reform, Ko Ni, to give his take on the current state of affairs.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said boycotting an upcoming historic election was an “option” if a military-drafted constitution that bars her from becoming president remains unchanged.
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As the elections approach, political parties and the media have identified key areas of consensus that will promote coverage of the elections that is balanced, accurate and professional. (more…)

In the mountains of eastern Shan State, the Lahu are among the many ethnic groups who continue their traditional farming lifestyle in largely inaccessible remote mountain villages. (more…)

The chairman of the New Age People’s Party, Htun Aung Kyaw, officially stated that over 100 candidates from the party will participate in the upcoming general elections.
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As the deadline for political party registration approaches ahead of the 2015 elections a new party representing five Shan ethnic populations in Sagaing Division and Kachin State has been formed.
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With a handful of voter lists made public this week for landmark elections due later this year, civil society organizations and a group advocating digital literacy are taking the lead in encouraging citizens in Rangoon to ensure they are properly registered with local election authorities.
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President Thein Sein has sent a letter to Parliament requesting that lawmakers appoint eight new ethnic minority members to the Union Election Commission (UEC), which will oversee Burma’s much-anticipated national elections in November.
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An election commission report into Yangon’s heavily criticised municipal election in December has recommended scrapping the one-vote-per-household rule and allowing all adults over the age of 18 to cast a ballot, commission head U Tin Aye said yesterday.
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The Burmese military’s commander-in-chief warned on Friday that the army will not tolerate the strong-arming of voters in national elections slated for later this year.
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Nine of 10 Chin political parties have agreed to cooperate in this year’s election to improve their chances of winning seats – and to deprive “giant political parties” of victory.
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Rules for elections monitors have been finalized as Burma’s highly anticipated general elections near, the Union Elections Commission (UEC) announced on Thursday, after revising the regulations to address criticisms by civil society.
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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…)

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