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Parties Must Have Permit to Gather, Give Speeches

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Political parties in Burma must apply to the Election Commission (EC) for permission to hold political gatherings and to give speeches at least seven days prior to the event, according to a state-run newspaper.

The new EC directive (Directive No.2/2010) was published on Wednesday, requiring political parties to provide the  specific place, date, starting and finishing time, and the name and address of speakers.

The EC will issue a permit or reject the request at least 48 hours before the requested date.

However, if necessary, “the rules and regulations enumerated in the permit may be amended or the permit may be revoked for the sake of security, [or] the rule of law and peace” the directive said.

The directive also prohibits the act of marching to the designated gathering point or venue while displaying party flags or chanting slogans in procession, and parties must disperse without any slogan-chanting march at the end of the assembly and speeches.

Political parties must also agree not to say or publish anything that criticizes the military, government service personnel or misuses religion or education for political gain.




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