For the first time ever since the 1990′s, the Burmanese military regime declared ‘fair’ elections to be held for 2010. Though this is a little heartening as the country’s human rights is at the very least appalling, the 2010 Burmanese attempt at democratic elections have already crashed.
It was very disheartening to observe Burma’s wealthy economy wane in the past and it is especially disheartening to see that the elections for a new start are “rigged”. Burma’s election laws are very strict which has already forced the military regime’s opponent the National League for Democracy to not register in the elections.
The NLD’s famous party leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi along with other leaders of the National League for Democracy are forbidden to take part in the elections as Burmanese constitution rules that political criminals are not allowed to run for any office.
Unfortunately after the NLD won in a tremendous landslide against the Burmanese military junta at the onset of the 90′s, the military refused to pass on the power to the victors and put many NLD leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest. Ever since then the military regime has been afraid to hold elections in fear of losing the elections – again.
With the primary opponents out of the way, military leaders are freely resigning left and right from their posts to run in the 2010 elections as civilians. Furthermore, already one-fourth of the new Burmanese Parliament has been reserved for military officials which means the officials who resigned and are campaigning as civilians will most likely be just taking the remaining 75% of the seats in support of the military. Virtually the military will be gaining all the seats of power.
Observers especially pro-democracy Burmanese indignantly expressed outrage at the military regime’s “fair elections”. Japan and other Asian countries have tried to convince the Burmanese military to hold elections that are actually democratic. The European Union after considering Burma in the European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting has added another year to their political sanctions on Burma after the Asian country’s failed to respond about its elections being unfair.
No actual date for the elections this year has been designated.