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UN Envoy Asks Burma for 'Signal' Before Election

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NEW YORK — The UN's human rights envoy to Burma appealed Thursday to its military rulers "to send a strong signal" to the world that it will hold a genuine election, by releasing democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and almost 2,100 political prisoners.
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Burmese Election to Prolong Dictatorship

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RANGOON—The political party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which has opted out of the upcoming elections, said that the poll will only prolong military dictatorship and noted that citizens had the right not to vote, a party statement said.
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Burmese Embassies Restrict Advanced Voting

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Several Burmese embassies across the world are open for advanced voting, but only a handful of selected Burmese citizens have been informed.
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Post-election Chief Ministers Already Selected, Sources Say

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The Burmese regime has reportedly already selected several former high-ranking military officials as the future chief ministers for regional and state governments to be formed after the Nov. 7 election.
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USDP Election Slogan 'People First' Sparks Anger

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Election posters urging people to vote for the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) are being defaced in some parts of Rangoon, apparently by activists objecting to their “People First” slogan.
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Media Ban Will Spark Vote-rigging, Say Journalists

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The announcement on Monday by the chairman of Burma's Union Election Commission (EC) that no media or photography will be allowed inside or around polling stations on Nov. 7,  the day of Burma's general election, will inevitably lead to vote-rigging, several local journalists and Burmese politicians have said.
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Anti-Election Video Popular in Shan State

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One thousand VCDs produced by Shan community leaders opposed to the Nov. 7 election have been distributed in Shan State since early September. Thousands of additional copies have also been secretly made.
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Election to Offer Little Change: UN Rapporteur

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WASHINGTON — The special UN rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma in his latest report said there is little potential for the Nov. 7 Burmese election to bring meaningful change in the country that has remained under military rule for more than 40 years.
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Election Media Ban 'Unfortunate': US

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WASHINGTON—The restrictions imposed on foreign media and outside election observers on access to  the Nov. 7 elections in Burma are “unfortunate” and a sign of continued rigidity of the country's military rulers, according to the United States and the United Nations.
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Government Bars Foreign Media and Observers From Poll

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The Burmese regime will not allow foreign election observers and international media  to monitor the country's first election in 20 years, the chief of Burma's Election Commission (EC) said on Monday.
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Nyan_win80"Once her [Aung San Suu Kyi's] sentence expires in November, and that notion is not disputed, it is our understanding that she will have served her sentence."
—Nyan Win, the foreign minister of Burma

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