PILPG Update: PILPG releases “The 2010 Burmese Election: Neither Free nor Fair” a Pre-Election Monitoring Report

October 27, 2010

On November 7, 2010, the Burmese military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), will hold elections to implement its 2008 constitution.  The SPDC claims that the elections will be a step towards democracy, but the SPDC’s conduct in preparation for the elections belies this claim.

The report analyzes the preparations the SPDC has made for the 2010 general elections in Burma and compares those preparations with basic international standards for elections.  The report finds that the SPDC has not conducted preparations for the elections in accordance with international law or basic democratic standards, and therefore the elections will be neither free nor fair.

Access “The 2010 Burmese Elections: Neither Free nor Fair” pre-election monitoring report here.

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PILPG Update: PILPG Releases “The 2010 Burmese Elections: Neither Free nor Fair” an Elections Monitoring Report

November 8, 2010

On November 7, 2010, the Burmese military regime conducted the first general elections in Burma since 1990.  Although formal voting occurred only yesterday, the outcome of the elections was decided long before the polls opened.  The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), as the military regime is known, controlled the elections process to such a degree that there was no possibility of a free or fair vote.

The report updates PILPG’s Pre-Elections Monitoring Report, released on October 28, 2010, to include information on elections day.  The purpose of this report is to analyze the conduct of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) both before and during the 2010 general elections in Burma and to compare that conduct with basic international standards for democratic elections.  The report reviews basic standards for elections and, on the basis of media and other reports, assesses the administration of the elections under those standards.  The report finds that the SPDC did not conduct the elections in accordance with international law or basic democratic standards, and that the elections were neither free nor fair.  The report concludes with a series of recommendations for policymakers and other actors in the international community.

Access “The 2010 Burmese Elections: Neither Free nor Fair” elections monitoring report here.

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