Aug. 6, 2014, 3:09 p.m.
Myanmar’s election authority, the Union Election Commission (UEC), is working to reform the election rules for the upcoming 2015 election. Recently, the UEC issued new rules for campaigning, which included a newly defined campaign period, requirements to submit campaign plans, a limit for election spending and expanded access to media. Despite consultation sessions between the UEC and political parties, the parties remained opposed to these reforms because they are concerned that the rules place too many restrictions on campaigns. . The UEC recently met with the National League for Democracy (NLD), the main opposition party, over these concerns. The UEC agreed to seven of the nine requests from the NLD. These requests include expanding the campaign period from 30 to 60 days, reducing the time period for parties to submit their campaign plan and allowing for one party agent and one party agent assistant to be present at polling stations. This agreement responds to many of the concerns raised by political parties.