Key issues for Myanmar's upcoming general election
Campaigning kicked off yesterday for Myanmar's November 8 general election, which is expected to be the Southeast Asian country's most credible vote in more than a half-century. A long-ruling junta made way for a civilian government more than four years ago, but the military still retains a powerful role, and political and economic reforms have been stymied by persistent ethnic strife and natural disasters. Associated Press writers based across Asia who have covered Myanmar for many years outline the key issues at stake:
uneven playing field
Despite international monitors, updated voter rolls and greater media independence, the uneven playing field means few view the polls as truly democratic or fair.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is barred from running for the presidency, contends that the voter lists contain "many, many errors" that may leave many of her party's supporters unable to cast ballots.