EU to de­ploy Myan­mar elec­tion observers

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

The EU said 29 Septem­ber it will for the first time de­ploy observers in Myan­mar’s up­com­ing elec­tions when the op­po­si­tion led by Aung San Suu Kyi is ex­pected to make sig­nif­i­cant gains against the mil­i­tary-dom­i­nated gov­ern­ment.

“The mis­sion con­firms the Euro­pean Union’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to the demo­cratic tran­si­tion of Myan­mar,” EU for­eign af­fairs head Fed­er­ica Mogherini said in a state­ment.

“Elec­tions held in a peace­ful and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment will help to con­sol­i­date ir­re­versible re­forms in the coun­try,” Mogherini said.

The EU mon­i­tor­ing mis­sion com­prises nine elec­tion an­a­lysts plus 30 long-term and 62 short­term observers, the state­ment said.

EU diplo­mats and a sep­a­rate mis­sion from the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment will also ob­serve the vote, it added.

Suu Kyi’s Na­tional League for Democ­racy won elec­tions in 1990 but the mil­i­tary re­jected the re­sults and re­peat­edly put her un­der house ar­rest un­til 2010.

She won a seat in par­lia­ment in 2012 as the mil­i­tary eased their hold on the coun­try but Suu Kyi can­not seek the pres­i­dency un­der rules which bar the po­si­tion to a per­son who mar­ried and had chil­dren with a for­eigner.

The NLD has vowed to change the char­ter to re­duce the army’s role and over­turn the pres­i­dency re­stric­tions.

Suu Kyi told sup­port­ers last week they should not be afraid when they cast their votes in the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion.

“It’s not 1990 any­more, so peo­ple don’t need to be afraid. They can be brave to vote for the Na­tional League for Democ­racy,” she said.


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