Ben Dunant - Frontier Myanmar 27 July 2020
Talk of a post-election “coalition” misrepresents Myanmar’s
winner-takes-all electoral system and gives false hope that minority
interests can be meaningfully represented without constitutional reform.
Jason Gelbort - Frontier Myanmar 13 August 2020
Global experience shows that coalition governments are far from
unusual in presidential systems, particularly where the president lacks a
election will fall short of democratic standards
Richard Horsey - Financial Times 10 September 2020
The future of
Myanmar politics is deeply uncertain. Aung San Suu Kyi is 75 as she heads
towards a second five-year term, with no apparent succession plan. The
constitution requires civilian governments to share power with the military.
Myanmar will only be able to solve its big problems - lack of peace, minority
rights, the Rohingya crisis - if a civilian government with the vision to do so
can bring the military onside. This election is unlikely to produce that
Human Rights Watch - 5 October 2020
Electoral problems include discriminatory citizenship and other laws that bar most Rohingya Muslim voters and candidates; reservation of 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military; criminal prosecutions of government critics; unequal party access to government media; and the lack of an independent election commission and complaints resolution mechanism.
Securing a Fair Election in Myanmar's Conflict Zones
Khin Khin Mra - New Mandala 13 October 2020
Myanmar’s election this year is marked by positive developments such as new levels of party competition, with participation by more than 90 parties. However, the inclusion and access of voters in Rakhine state remains a formidable challenge. Without active measures from the government to ensure voters can reach polling stations in the conflict-affected state, the integrity and legitimacy of the 2020 election will be in dispute. As the AA’s armed struggle appears increasingly attractive to young and first-time voters, Myanmar’s democracy cannot afford the appearance of another false promise.