Myanmar jail threat to Suu Kyi party on poll boycott: Media

Myanmar state media warned opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi`s party on Saturday to drop protests against its dissolution, and threatened jail for anyone impeding the November vote.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 22:31 PM IST

Yangon: Myanmar state media warned
opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi`s party on Saturday to drop
protests against its dissolution, and threatened jail for
anyone impeding the November vote.

Although the National League for Democracy (NLD) --
officially disbanded this week -- was not directly named, the
report in the New Light of Myanmar said "a party" was
"attempting to mislead the people into misunderstanding the
law".

The article said the party was persuading people to
"protest against the elections by boycotting" the November 7
vote, the first in two decades in the military-ruled nation.

It listed a host of prohibited activities, including
"undue influence" to prevent a person from voting and
"instigation, writing, distributing or using posters or
attempting by other means to disturb voting".

These acts could "on conviction be punishable with
imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or with fine
not exceeding one hundred thousand kyats (USD 1,000) or with
both," it said.

Suu Kyi, who has been detained for much of the two
decades since Myanmar`s last election, is due to be released
just days after the upcoming vote.

The Nobel peace laureate is barred from standing in the
poll because she is a serving prisoner, and the NLD opted not
to register because of rules that would have forced it to
expel Suu Kyi and other members.

An election commission announcement on Tuesday
abolishing the NLD and other parties on the grounds that they
had failed to register for the poll drew strong criticism from
the West.

Critics already fear the election is simply a means to
hide the military regime behind a civilian facade.

PTI