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          General Elections 2020 in Myanmar

                     Sunday 8 November

Background [Network Myanmar Files on the Wayback Machine]

1990 General Elections and Commentary

2010 General Elections: Analysis and Results

2012 By-Elections: Results, Analysis and Commentary

2015 General Elections: The Campaign

2015 General Elections: Results, Analysis and Commentary

Basic Documents

Myanmar Management Information Unit - Core Documents - Sep 2020

NLD presents its policy, stance and work programmes - GNLM 18 Sep 2020

General Articles on the 2020 Elections

Stirring hatreds ahead of Myanmar Elections

Hunter Marston - The Lowy Interpreter 4 March 2020

Hate speech and extremist ideology are on the rise as parties vie for votes, and more violence could be the consequence.

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 strong veto. 

Myanmar 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 result.

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.



        Portraits of The Lady 

            Zwe Yan Naing