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Burma Junta Rejects Int’l Poll Monitors

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Burma Junta Rejects Int’l Poll Monitors

By AP Wednesday, May. 12, 2010

In this image made available by the United States Embassy in Rangoon, Burma’s detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, meets with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, right, in Rangoon, Burma, Monday, May.10, 2010 (US Embassy ho / AP)

(RANGOON, Burma) — Burma’s military leaders have rejected international poll monitors for the country’s first elections in 20 years but asked for unspecified cooperation from the United States in supporting the vote, official media said Wednesday.

An official urged the U.S. to “show a positive attitude” about the military-organized vote, even though American envoy Kurt Campbell had already expressed deep concerns about the elections ahead of a recent visit. (See pictures of Burma’s decades-long battle for democracy.)

The polls, to be held sometime this year, have been sharply criticized as a means for the military to maintain its grip on power under a civilian guise.

During his trip, Campbell said that the run-up to the election so far leads the U.S. to believe the polls will “lack international legitimacy.” (See pictures of Burma’s slowly shifting landscape.)

“We urge the regime to take immediate steps to open the process in the time remaining before the elections,” he said.

Campbell asked if election monitors, possibly from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, would be allowed and was rebuffed.

“The nation has a lot of experience with elections. We do not need election watchdogs to come here,” the head of the Election Commission, Thein Soe, said.

“Arrangements have been made to ensure a free and fair election,” the election chief was quoted as telling Campbell, the assistant secretary of state for East Asia.

Campbell, who departed Burma on Monday after a two-day visit, met with several junta ministers as well as detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Details of his talks with junta officials were published in state-run newspapers Wednesday.

“We would like to receive your kind cooperation so that the election can be held peacefully and successfully,” Information Minister Kyaw Hsan told Campbell without elaboration.

Kyaw Hsan said that he welcomed Washington’s new policy of direct engagement with Burma and urged the United States to “show a positive attitude” toward the coming election.

Campbell’s visit, his second in six months, came just days after the dissolution of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, or NLD, which won the 1990 election but was never allowed to take power.

The NLD considers newly enacted election laws unfair and undemocratic — since Suu Kyi and other political prisoners would be barred from taking part in the vote — and so declined to reregister as required, which meant it was automatically disbanded.

Critics say the elections will be engineered so that military officers, a number of whom have already shed their uniform to enter politics, will be assured of victory.,8599,1988754,00.html

Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

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