– VOA News
Burma’s military government has accused the party of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi of attempting to disrupt the upcoming election by urging voters to boycott it.
In the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper Saturday, a government commentator says the party is “attempting to mislead the people” by urging them to boycott the November 7 polls. The article threatened imprisonment for anyone caught trying to influence voters.
It did not specifically mention Aung San Suu Kyi or her National League for Democracy party. But the party has said it will boycott the election. It also said it plans to sue the government, which dissolved the NLD for failing to register on time to compete in the election. Nine other parties also were dissolved.
This is Burma’s first election in 20 years, but pro-democracy critics say the voting is a sham designed to ensure continued military control.
Aung San Suu Kyi has suggested that people who wanted to vote for her party should not vote at all.
The National League for Democracy won Burma’s 1990 election by a large margin. But the military never allowed it to take power.