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…)

Seventeen civic organisations will propose draft guidelines for monitoring the general election expected to take place late next year when they meet with members of the Election Commission in Yangon on October 20, members of the groups said.  (more…)

About 500 residents of Yangon’s Shwepyithar Township are planning to protest on October 26 against the move to introduce a proportional representation (PR) electoral system ahead of the next general election, protest organiser Ko Thu Zaw Kyi Win said. (more…)

One member of every household will now be allowed to vote in the elections to the Yangon City Development Committee that will now be held in the last week of December, U Kyaw MP (Yangon Region Hluttaw, New National Democracy Party, Thingangkuun Township) told Mizzima on October 2. (more…)

Last month, the Yangon Region Hluttaw made rare headlines when opposition MP Daw Nyo Nyo Thin proposed the city’s municipal body, the Yangon City Development Committee, be abolished and reformed. (more…)

Ethnic leaders have spoken to Mizzima on September 14 to reveal their concerns over the late release of census data relating to ethnicity and the impact it may have on the provision of political representation at state and regional level.  (more…)

Opposition political parties, including ethnic Karen parties, welcomed the announcement by Burma’s Election Commission (UEC) to cancel nationwide by-elections planned for late 2014. (more…)

This year’s census showed nine million fewer people in Burma than expected. (more…)

This year’s census showed nine million fewer people in Burma than expected. In 2010, Burma’s Union Electoral Commission (UEC) stated that there were around 29 million enfranchised citizens in Burma, based on an estimated population figure of around 60 million. That has now been revised to 51.4 million. (more…)

In August 2007, students and opposition activists took to the streets of Myanmar, also known as Burma, to protest rising fuel and food prices.

The Union Election Commission’s surprise decision to cancel by-elections due later this year has come under criticism from political analysts, who have called for the panel’s chairman to be replaced.

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