Holders of temporary identification documents – better known as white cards – are likely to be barred from voting in a national referendum on constitutional change proposed for May 2015. (more…)

A week ago as Aung San Suu Kyi and US President Barack Obama were meeting in Yangon, a piece of largely unreported news slipped out of the capital, Nay Pyi Taw. (more…)

Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says she accepts Parliament Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann’s view that proposed amendments to the 2008 Constitution will have to be put a vote in parliament only after the 2015 general elections. (more…)

Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has conceded that she is unable to force through the constitutional changes that would allow her to run for the presidency, and has even gone so far as to acknowledge house Speaker Shwe Mann’s timetable for reform as “realistic”. (more…)

The first candidates in more than 50 years to run for municipal office in Rangoon have begun preparations for campaigns that will conclude late next month ahead of a landmark election set for Dec. 27. (more…)

In a surprise decision, Burma’s Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann on Friday rejected a proposal to change the country’s electoral system from the current First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) to a Proportional Representation (PR) system, according to Lower House lawmakers. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi: “What we need is a healthy balance of optimism and pessimism”


The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) election commission officially approved 291 candidates on Friday for the YCDC municipal elections, which will be held on Dec. 27 for the first time in more than 50 years. (more…)

Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) today announced that it is beginning to compile a list of eligible voters for next year’s general election. (more…)

Yangon City Development Committee is expected to this week release a list of approved candidates for its December election, which will see 115 positions – including four on its central committee – up for grabs. (more…)

Burma’s lower house of parliament began debating on Monday the eight voting systems proposed by the Electoral Review Commission. (more…)

The Union Election Commission has promised to extend the election campaign period from 30 to 60 days at the request of opposition parties but insisted that other restrictions on campaigning are needed to prevent unrest. (more…)

Regional and state parliaments should have the authority to appoint or elect their respective chief ministers rather than having them selected by the Union president, a report compiled by the Constitutional Amendment Committee says. (more…)

Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye said the canvassing period will be extended from 30 to 60 days for the 2015 general elections at the request of political parties. (more…)

The main opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it welcomes the announcement of general elections for late next year.

Burma’s first democratic elections in 25 years are scheduled to be held in the last week of October or in the first week of November, the Union Election Commission has announced. (more…)

Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn
Independent Yangon Region Hluttaw MP (more…)

The general election due to be held late next year is widely considered to be an important milestone in the transition towards democracy, but there have been some worrying portents. (more…)

The secretary of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy U Sai Nyunt Lwin has voiced his concern that the planned 2015 general election could be delayed due to military clashes and deployments in eastern Myanmar and some border areas. (more…)

The first phase of compiling lists of eligible voters for the planned 2015 general elections will begin in Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and some townships in Shan State in November, the Yangon Region Election Commission Chairman U Ko Ko told Mizzima October 13. (more…)

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