What the NLD’s top-down party structure means for Myanmar
Richard Roewer - East Asia Forum 1 May 2020
The NLD is characterised by low levels of regulation and provisions that allow the sidestepping of democratic processes.
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
Who gets to vote?
Pyae Sone Aung - Frontier Myanmar 8 September 2020
While almost everyone experiences some measure of petty corruption, the bribes demanded from Muslims and members of other “non-native” groups are inflated by the number of bureaucratic levels involved. While the issuing of a Citizenship Scrutiny Card [National Registration Card or ID] is typically approved at the township level for Bamar Buddhists, the applications of Muslims get passed up to the state or region level for special scrutiny.
Those who refuse to pay the large bribes must endure long waits, sometimes lasting years, meaning elections can come and go without proof of citizenship.