Elections


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…)

The way that Myanmar’s first group of legislators was elected, in the jumbled process of the 2010 poll, means that a good proportion will be one-term wonders. (more…)

Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) said on Thursday that, early next month, it planned to release a preliminary list of eligible voters in a handful of townships for this year’s general election. (more…)

A spokesperson for the National League for Democracy (NLD) has vehemently denied that party chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped her presidential ambitions, after a local media outlet reported that the opposition leader would instead focus her efforts on securing the parliamentary speakership. (more…)

Burma’s two biggest political parties have denied recent accusations that they sidestepped election rules by holding premature campaign events. (more…)

Political party leaders have accused House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann of launching his party’s election campaign during meetings with farmers across Myanmar. (more…)

Mandalay residents will soon get to follow their counterparts in Yangon to the polling booth to elect municipal officials. (more…)

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the government on Tuesday to hold a transparent election next year and said her party was waiting for a poll date to be set before deciding whether to run. (more…)

At around 4pm on Saturday, the doors were closing at 1,086 polling stations across Burma’s commercial capital, Rangoon, wrapping up what was expected to be a “landmark” day in a city that had not seen elected municipal leaders in more than 60 years. Poll workers in each station—mostly teachers and other civil servants—peeled the tape around seven giant Tupperware-like bins and began to count the color-coded cards inside. (more…)

Senior members of political parties in Burma have slammed Union Election Commission (UEC) chairman Tin Aye for comments he made this week signaling the possibility of another military coup if “instability” threatened the nation. (more…)

A new nationwide public survey has found that 62 percent of the people of Burma are generally positive about the direction the country is heading in, while 77 percent believe that planned democratic elections will bring about positive change as Burma emerges from decades of military rule. (more…)

The Union Election Commission’s chairman has urged for more female candidates in the upcoming elections. (more…)

Although there has been discussion in Myanmar about using proportional representation, the National League for Democracy drew up their declaration for the 2015 general elections based on the first-past-the-post voting system, U Nyan Win, NLD Central Executive Committee member, told Mizzima on December 14. (more…)

The opposition National Democratic Front party is trying to get a head-start over Myanmar’s major political parties and has set a target to win 100 seats in the 2015 elections, according to the party chairman. (more…)

On Dec. 27, elections will be held in Rangoon Division to determine who will fill four new seats created on the Rangoon Divisional Municipal Committee, the highest body governing the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The latter runs the day-to-day affairs in Rangoon, Burma’s biggest city and commercial capital. (more…)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at Sagaing in 2012, as she campaigns for NLD candidates. Photo: Mizzima
For more than two decades the people of Myanmar have been looking in one direction for the realisation of their democratic ideals: towards Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy, which won landslide victories in the election for a constituent assembly in 1990 and the by-elections of April 2012. (more…)

Constitutional matters have been dominating the political agenda of late, with Lower House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann taking centre stage. (more…)

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