The detained leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement Aung San Suu Kyi has announced that she opposes registering her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), for the elections planned this year due to the junta’s restrictions, which she considers “unjust”. The laws, published earlier this month, state that parties cannot have any members with criminal convictions. This rules out many of the NLD's top leaders including Ms Suu Kyi. In order to qualify for elections, the NLD would have to proceed without its high- profile candidate. Ms. Suu Kyi has also remained ambivalent about her party’s decision to run without her.
The laws also ban members of religious orders and civil servants from joining political parties following anti-junta protests by Buddhist monks in 2007. These controversial laws have caused a commotion in the international arena, with the UN Security Council recently holding closed-door talks on Myanmar with Britain and China contending whether it was appropriate for the 15-member body to intervene in the military-ruled country's electoral affairs.
UN Security Council Mulls Myanmar's Electoral Laws [ChannelNewsAsia 25 Mar 2010]
Myanmar: Dissident Against Role in Next Election [The New York Times 23 Mar 2010]
Suu Kyi 'Opposes Election Role for Her Party' [BBC News 23 Mar 2010]