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Week 34: 2010 Election Watch (26 October – 1 November)

By Altsean-Burma  •  November 3, 2010

Developments

  • NLD members distributed election boycott leaflets in Rangoon’s Insein and Mingaladon Townships. Riot police in Rangoon’s North Okkalapa Township surrounded “no-vote” campaigners as they attempted to distribute election boycott leaflets.
  • Around 1,200 people from over 150 villages protested the elections in Ye and Thanbyuzayat Townships in Mon State and Kyainnseikyi Township in Karen State.
  • SPDC Army commanders collected advance votes for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) from their subordinates and their families before the election in contravention of the SPDC election laws.
  • USDP members, local SPDC officials, and Election Sub-commission members coerced voters to cast absentee ballots in Rangoon and Tenasserim Divisions and in Chin State.
  • Kaman National Progressive Party candidate for the People’s Assembly in Sandoway Constituency, Arakan State, Hlaing Win said that the local Elections Sub-commission released voter lists that contained names of non-eligible voters.
  • A commentary published in all state-run newspapers warned that the “ruling government would have no choice but to remain in charge […] until it holds another election” if people boycotted the 7 November polls.
  • The Chairman of the Rakhine Nationals Progressive Party sent a letter to the SPDC Election Commission requesting that elections in Kyaukpyu and Myebon Townships, Arakan State, be postponed for a month due to the destruction caused by cyclone Giri.

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Reactions

  • The NLD said that the “election will be held to prolong the military dictatorship and to confirm the 2008 constitution.”
  • Democratic Party (Myanmar) Chairman Thu Wai said that with the help of SPDC officials, “the USDP is persuading, threatening, or bribing the voters to cast advance votes for them.”
  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that “conditions for genuine elections that meet international standards have so far not been reached.”
  • Indonesia FM Marty Natalegawa said the election results are “almost a foregone conclusion” and that there is “obviously a credibility deficit at this time in terms of where the election appears to be heading.”
  • Australia’s FM Kevin Rudd said that “the upcoming elections still represent something which falls far short of democratic norms.”

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