Bangkok: UN chief Ban Ki-moon today urged
Myanmar`s military junta to ensure next month`s election is
inclusive and transparent, renewing his call for the release
of political prisoners.
"Now that they are going to have the first ever election
in 20 years my only hope -- sincere hope -- is this election
will be an inclusive and transparent and credible one," Ban
told reporters during a visit to Thailand.
"That is the expectation of the international community,"
Western nations have said the November 7 vote will not be
credible unless detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and
other opposition figures are freed.
"It is not too late, even now... by releasing political
detainees they can make this election more inclusive and
participatory," Ban said.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi`s National League for
Democracy (NLD) won the last polls in 1990 by a landslide but
the military did not allow the party to take power.
The democracy icon has spent much of the past 20 years in
jail or under house arrest and is barred from standing in the
next polls because she is a serving prisoner.