VOA Burmese Blog

August 19, 2010

New Rules for Upcoming Polls

AP Photo: Burmese citizens looking at the news paper on the election rules

The Burmese elections on Nov. 7th will be the first vote in 20 years within the country. The Burmese government published tough rules which forbid candidates to make speeches that will belittle the Burmese military government.

According to the State run newspaper, ” The New Light of Myanmar”, the elections would be ” free and fair”. Aside from not being able to make speeches that will tarnish the image of the military government, campaigners are not allowed to assemble and shout slogans. Candidates who do so will be fined and jailed for one year.

AP photo: NLD members wearing the NLD logo on their shirts

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League of Democracy withdrew itself from the elections long before the campaigning process began. Though they did not register, the NLD has said though that the group has not given up on their stance on democracy in Burma. According to the AP, NLD vice chairman, Tin Oo has stated, ” We decided to officially boycott the election because we believe that the 2008 constitution and the electoral laws do not guarantee democracy and human rights in the country.”

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