Elections


A meeting of ethnic armed groups concluded in northern Thailand on Monday with a pledge to work together to sign an all-inclusive nationwide ceasefire accord ahead of an upcoming meeting with President Thein Sein.
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Burma’s powerful commander-in-chief has reiterated that the military will respect the outcome of the Nov. 8 general election, seen as a crucial test of the country’s reform process.
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A Rohingya member of the Union Parliament barred from contesting Nov. 8 elections on the basis that his parents were not Burmese citizens at the time of his birth said on Monday he would appeal the decision and hoped to stand in the vote.
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Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday she was confident her opposition party would win Myanmar’s landmark elections if they are free and fair, but raised concern at the country’s overall progress towards democracy.
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Taiwan-based Asian Barometer Survey polled 1,620 respondents across all 14 of Burma’s states and divisions, asking more than 200 questions on a wide range of subjects.
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The National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society have pledged to work together through the election period and after, with the constitutional amendment still a major focus.
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The Myanmar government will join hands with Facebook to remove any posts that may incite violence during the upcoming election campaign period Channel News Asia reported on 25 August.
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Thura U Shwe Mann’s removal from power has shaken Myanmar’s business elites and captured the attention of foreign investors.
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These are some key moments in the life of Myanmar opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi:

— 19 June, 1945: Aung San Suu Kyi born in Japanese-occupied Rangoon (now Yangon) in closing stages of the Second World War to independence fighter Aung San and his nurse wife Daw Khin Kyi.
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As an elected lawmaker and member of Myanmar’s governing party, U Shwe Maung attended dinners with the president and made speeches from the floor of Parliament. But this weekend, the country’s election commission ruled that despite more than four years in office, he was not a citizen and thus was ineligible to run for re-election in landmark voting in November.
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Burma’s ruling party on Saturday appealed for unity, saying its ousted party chief would stay “faithful,” after a parliamentary vote exposed a rift in the ruling bloc, amid the biggest political shake-up since the end of military rule.
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The Union Election Commission (UEC) has postponed a planned public review of voter lists that was due to commence on Sunday, claiming logistical difficulties posed by the country’s recent flooding disaster.
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A court in Shan State has issued arrest warrants for members of a local militia who allegedly destroyed party signboards and flags of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).
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Preliminary data released on Monday by an Asian research institution offer a window into the mindset of Burma’s little-understood electorate just over two weeks ahead of the start of the Nov. 8 election’s official campaign season.
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The European Union said on August 21 that it has agreed to send observers to historic upcoming Myanmar elections in an effort to “strengthen democracy”.
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Burma’s Union Parliament voted on Thursday to delay discussion of a hotly contested impeachment bill that could have been used to unseat besieged Speaker Shwe Mann, who last week was removed from his post as chairman of the ruling party in a surprise political reshuffle.
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Parliamentary hopefuls representing Burma’s main opposition party have been warned against interacting with the press while the country’s election board scrutinizes candidates, according to a party spokesman.
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Up to 300,000 residents without a fixed address or household registration documents will be eligible to vote in the November 8 election, the head of Yangon’s election commission has told The Myanmar Times.
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“Floating” voters – those deemed to be living outside their home constituencies for more than six months – can apply to their local authorities to be included on voting lists for the election.
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The country’s two main political parties, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), will each field more than 1,000 candidates in the 8 November general election.
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