Shortly after the polls opened Myanmar migrant workers in neighbouring Thailand held a protest to condemn the election.
Demonstrators chanted slogans demanding the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
There were similar scenes in the South Korean capital, Seoul, where members of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy tore election poster and up the country’s new flag.
Speaking at a forum at Melbourne University in Australia, the US Secretary of State described the situation in Burma as “heartbreaking.”
“Australia and the United States will continue to work together to establish an international commission of inquiry to hold those leaders of Burma accountable for human rights violations, continuing persecution of ethnic minorities,” said Hillary Clinton.
Britain and some Asian governments have also expressed concern saying the vote will lack credibility.