Khun Tun Oo, the former Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman, has died of natural causes after a lifetime working to establish a federal democracy.
The regime’s plan to hold a poll is just a ruse to extend its time in power for as long as possible.
Also this week, official blessing given to lethal pro-regime militias and regime introduces proportional representation to avoid another election loss.
The regime’s electoral body said the NLD and SNLD have until March 9 to present their accounts for inspection or face dissolution; both parties have refused to comply.
Monywa Aung Shin was a politician, poet and long-time activist in the struggle for democracy.
Many believe the proposed switch to a PR system is a tactic to make it easier for the military and its allies to form a government in the future.