As official campaigning starts in Myanmar’s long-awaited general election the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi is calling on the world to keep a close eye on the process.
The NLD is widely expected to win the poll, which will be the first democratic election since the end of military rule
“We hope that the world understands how important it is for us to have free and fair elections”, said the NLD leader in a video message. “Please help us by observing what happens before the elections, during the elections, and, crucially, after the elections. This is the best contribution you can make to peace and democracy in this country.”
The campaign begins less then a month after a major presidential contender and opponent of President Thein Sein, was removed as USDP party leader.
His dismissal was seen as a move by the president to tighten his political grip ahead of the vote.