Myanmar is gearing up to prepare for its first elections in two decades, designating constituencies for its national and regional parliaments, state media reported Thursday.
Phyo Min Thein, a former political prisoner, resigned as head of The Union Democracy Party (UDP) last week and said he would not participate in the election because it would not be free and fair. Considered one of the frontrunners in the opposition, they have also threatened to pull out of elections in the event of foul play.
At least seven parties are believed to be proxies of the military, retaining control of key ministries and enjoy a 25 per cent quota of parliamentary seats under a new constitution. Forty parties have been allowed to register to stand in the polls.
Opposition Threatens Boycott [The Straits Times, 11 Aug 2010]
Myanmar Designates Constituencies for Rare Elections [AFP, 12 Aug 2010]