Burma’s long-standing problems can be traced to its genuine political clashes between the country’s military rulers and its democratic opposition parties, and these same military rulers and the country’s ethnic minority . However, the military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) does not want to solve Burma’s political problems, but instead wishes to continue maintaining its power in the upcoming 2010 elections.
The SPDC’s electoral laws and party registration laws have already prohibited active political leaders and political parties from participating in the elections, because they could not tolerated having debates with many political leaders and ethnic minority group leaders, who have long been involved in fighting for democracy and peace within Burma. For example, the laws have restricted the National League for Democracy (NLD), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and another ethnic minority political party, the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) from participating in the elections.
This is the regime’s intention, as it does not want politically active parties and those that have political ideas to get involved in this election. This means that now in both the Union Parliament and State/Division Parliaments, there will not be many political discussion and debates. The SPDC does not want opposition parties in the country’s parliaments.
Instead, the SPDC that former government servants, low-profile and new political figures, and retired former political leaders become involved in elections. Some of these new politicians, retired government servants, and military commanders were previously involved in the 2004 – 2008 National Convention, in which many strong and active political parties boycotted.
There will be elections in Burma late in the year 2010. Participating will be elected political parties and members of parliaments from both the Union and State/Division parliaments. However, the parliaments are controlled by active representatives from the Burmese army as well as retired army commanders, and so the parliament representatives will be silent; there will be no debates, no discussions and no agendas for democratic reform in Burma.
If there is no political, social, and economical improvement within Burma in the near future, the country’s people will once again take to the streets, and demand change.