Myanmar`s Suu Kyi calls for close watch on election: Lawyer
Myanmar`s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants "people" to keep a close watch on upcoming elections and speak out if the vote is not free and fair, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
Yangon: Myanmar`s detained opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants "people" to keep a close watch
on upcoming elections and speak out if the vote is not free
and fair, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
"Our face should not be turned away from the
election although the NLD...decided not to take part," Nyan
Win, who is also the long-time spokesman of Suu Kyi`s National
League for Democracy (NLD), quoted the Nobel Peace laureate as
saying during talks at her home.
"For it to become a fair election, people also have
a duty, not just the government.
"People have to speak out if the process is not in
accordance with the election law or if it is not balanced.
People have to reveal it. The NLD has to reveal it," Suu Kyi
was quoted as saying.
"She`s very glad that people are interested in the
political process. But she said the political process is not
only the 2010 election. It`s just a part of it," Nyan Win
"The NLD cannot support any party. If it supports
one, it will become an enemy to another. So she said to let
them do their work," he added.
Suu Kyi has spent most of the past 20 years in
detention, and as a serving prisoner is barred from standing
in the November 7 election, which will be the military-ruled
country`s first in 20 years.
The NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 but the
junta never allowed it to take office.
The party is boycotting the upcoming vote, saying
the rules are unfair. As a result, it was forcibly disbanded
by the ruling generals.
So far 42 political parties have been given
permission to stand in the polls, which have been widely
condemned by activists and the West as a charade aimed at
putting a civilian face on military rule.
Among them is the National Democracy Force (NDF),
formed by former NLD members whose decision to participate in
the vote put them at odds with Suu Kyi, who was in favour of a
Nyan Win said that Suu Kyi had told him more of her
opinions on the election and Myanmar`s political situation,
and he would give details tomorrow after discussing them with
other senior NLD members.