Elections


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.
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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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Burma’s Union Election Commission said Sunday that it was canceling by-elections planned for later this year to fill 35 empty parliamentary seats.
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Opposition political parties in Burma have welcomed the decision by the Union Election Commission (UEC) to cancel by-elections previously planned for later this year.
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Parties from all sides of politics have criticised the surprise decision by the Union Election Commission to cancel the by-elections due to held later this year.
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Neither the Mon National Party (MNP) nor the All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) will compete in the forthcoming 2014 by-elections, according to Mon political party leaders.
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Burma’s relatively new, quasi-civilian leadership has yet to prove that it is responsible and accountable to the country’s citizens, who, for the first time after decades under an oppressive military regime, have been given the promise of representation. But the problems in Burma that most affect the lives of its people are rarely reaching parliament, which has chosen instead to focus on convoluted political shuffles and superficial reforms.
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Parliamentarians from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party are leading ongoing discussions on amendments to Burma’s Constitution, and have agreed to recommend changing a key clause that could pave the way for more wide-reaching charter reform, according to a USDP lawmaker.
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Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has won a landslide victory in by-elections, local election officials have confirmed. (more…)

Affirming the rule of law will be the first priority of the National League for Democracy (NLD) when its members join the Parliament, according to a party spokesman. (more…)

Yangon — Myanmar’s journalists will take to Twitter and Facebook in their battle to beat press restrictions and deliver breaking news of Sunday’s by-elections that for many will be the biggest story of their careers. (more…)

Phnom Penh — Asian foreign ministers on Monday welcomed Myanmar’s “orderly” elections as they met ahead of a regional summit that will also be dominated by North Korea’s planned rocket launch and maritime disputes. (more…)

New Delhi: Amid Myanmar’s strides towards full democracy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to undertake a visit to that country next month that is aimed at bolstering the bilateral ties. Singh is expected to go on a two-day visit dates for which are being finalised through diplomatic channels, sources said here on Monday. (more…)

Istanbul — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday expressed hope for the future of Myanmar following by-elections which are likely to see pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi enter parliament. (more…)

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