MYANMAR General Election Sets, November 8, 2015– Country’s official books date for general election to form new government.
Set back in the year 2010, Myanmar gained victory for the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. However, there were some who questioned the fairness of the elections.
Only government sanctioned political parties were allowed by the time, National League for Democracy, declared illegal. This has been criticized by many, thus immediate election followed.
The government ended the house arrest of the democracy advocate and leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Kyi’s ability to move freely around the country is considered an important test of the military’s movement toward more openness.
After unexpected reforms in the year 2011, National League for Democracy senior leaders have decided to register as a political party and to field candidates in the future, especially Myanmar General Election.
The country rates as a corrupt nation on the Corruption Perceptions Index as of 2012.
Now, Myanmar is looking forward for a good government through holding an election.
This will choose representatives to the next term of parliament, five-year term next year.
Aung San Suu Kyi, pro-democracy leader, had her door-to-door visits for voter education campaign at Warheinkha village.
She also checked the voters list for some lists displayed across the country are riddled with mistakes.
According to Thant Zin Aung, deputy director of Yangon’s election commission.
“The general election will be held on November 8. The Union Election Commission will announce further details later”.
Some political experts are worried that maybe the upcoming election may trigger the countries instability.
According to Thant Myint-U, a Burmese historian and author, if the National League for Democracy was convinced the elections were being conducted fairly, it would take part.
“If the elections are indeed free and fair, we will at least have a parliament that is 75% elected and a government that will emerge from some sort of accommodation between elected MPs and the army –
A big step forward from anything we’ve had the past half century, even if still far from democracy,” he added.
This general election is considered as the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition in a quarter of a century. IMAGE/TIME