Suu Kyi questions the fairness of the Burmese election

(Mizzima) – Aung San Suu Kyi cited more voter registration problems and campaign abuses in the Burmese election on Monday, saying campaign abuses threaten the fairness of the election. She said nearly 1,387 potential voters were left off the rolls in the constituency she is campaigning in.

Suu Kyi campaigns in Mawlamyaing. Photo: MizzimaSuu Kyi campaigns in Mawlamyaing. Photo: Mizzima

“At this point, the voter lists in some constituencies were found to be incomplete and full of errors,” the National League for Democracy (NLD) party said in a statement. “It is hereby announced that these incidents can affect the emergence of a free and fair election.”

The NLD party, which will contest for 47 seats in the April 1 by-election, cited other instances of voter rolls having the names of dead persons, the insane and people who have moved from the district listed as potential voters. The statement said campaign irregularities in Sagaing, Tanintharyi and Mandalay regions threaten to jeopardize a fair election.

The statement cited the specific actions of government-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidate Dr. San Win, who it said ordered villagers in Samyin village, Mingin Township, Sagaing Region, to send one family member to his party meeting on March 16. San Win also slandered Suu Kyi, according to the statement.   Continue reading “Suu Kyi questions the fairness of the Burmese election”

KNU Leader pado Mahn Nyein Maung granted amnesty

Karen National Union’s Central Committee member Mahn Nyein Maung, who was sentenced to life term in prison last week for treason, was released this morning after being granted amnesty by President Thein Sein.

The KNU official was sentenced on 13 March, but was pardoned under Act 401(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

“It has been confirmed that [Mahn Nyein Maung] was released at 8am this morning under Act 401,” said the KNU leader’s lawyer Kyi Myint.

Mahn Nyeing Maung was taken into the Police’s Special Intelligence Department’s custody after his release; however, sources close to Insein prison authorities said he was going to be sent back to the Thai-Burma border. Continue reading “KNU Leader pado Mahn Nyein Maung granted amnesty”