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…)

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has issued a ban on campaign signage in this month’s municipal elections to avoid “damage” to the beauty of the city, angering candidates blindsided by the sudden decision. (more…)

The US-based International Republican Institute (IRI) has said it is complying with Burma’s laws and Constitution after the Union Election Commission (UEC) suggested earlier this week that an IRI training event for the National League for Democracy (NLD) had violated election laws and should not continue. (more…)

The Kayan New Land Party will not contest next year’s election but has offered to help political parties win votes to beat the Union Solidarity and Development Party in Kayah State. (more…)

The Kayan New Land Party will not contest next year’s election but has offered to help political parties win votes to beat the Union Solidarity and Development Party in Kayah State. (more…)

Win Cho, a former political prisoner and renowned rights activist, has been approved as an eligible candidate for upcoming municipal elections in Rangoon after appealing an initial rejection by the city’s election commission. (more…)

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”


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