Aug. 3, 2010, 10:23 a.m.
Sometime this year, the government of Myanmar will hold its first election since 1990. During that election, the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, won a resounding victory. Instead of respecting the results, however, the ruling military junta arrested Kyi and refused to hand over power. In anticipation of the country's upcoming election, which still does not have a date, NDI has released an analysis of the the government's new electoral framework, and concludes that it is fundamentally undemocratic.
The study drew on contributions from numerous experts in the region and comparative election, constitutional and human rights law. Since 1995, NDI has worked with partners to advance the cause of democracy in Burma. The 2010 elections in theory could have provided an opportunity to advance democratic progress and national reconciliation, which in turn could have helped significantly improve the lives of people in Burma. Based on its analysis, NDI came to the conclusion shared by many experts that the election process will not be a step forward and risks being yet another setback.