To mark the 34th anniversary of the founding of the NLD, The Irrawaddy revisits a commentary from June last year on why the junta will never defeat the party.
The system would make it easier for the military’s proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party to achieve greater representation in Parliament.
Political parties that communicate with foreign organizations or individuals without permission face dissolution, military regime’s electoral body warns.
Also this week, the regime’s No. 2 kept a straight face while calling for a ‘free and fair’ vote, and China’s visiting top diplomat kept his distance from the junta boss.
Junta boss Min Aung Hlaing has used unfounded allegations of electoral fraud in the 2020 general election to justify his coup.
Both the NLD and the US State Department say there is no chance that any poll held by the regime will be free and fair.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party will elect new leaders next month ahead of the proposed 2023 election.
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.
Ambassadors of the two Asian giants met with head of regime’s electoral body to discuss junta’s planned 2023 poll that has been widely rejected in Myanmar.
There has been little or no news of Than Shwe and his cohorts from the former junta since last year’s coup.
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.
Military loyalist U Thein Soe’s report also disregards the fact that his commission violated the law and the Constitution by annulling the result of the 2020 election.
The regime has vowed to prosecute almost 2.500 people for electoral fraud, despite local and international observers stating that there were no major irregularities.
Critics of PR say that the system will overwhelmingly favor the military and its allied political parties.