The upcoming election in Burma was discussed at a seminar in Oslo on the 26th of April. “We are in a critical phase in Burma’s history. The Burmese people are invited to vote in an election for the first time since 1990. But we must be realistic. The election is based on ground rules that favour the military junta, and will thus not be free and fair”, said Kjell Magne Bondevik in his introduction. The seminar was organized by the Oslo Center, in cooperation with Norwegian Church Aid, the Norwegian Baptist Society and the Norwegian Burma Committee.
With the current constitution and the election laws, and the militarization that characterizes the eastern parts of the country, the elections in Burma will not be free, fair or credible. While the upcoming elections now seem to be the main preoccupation of the generals in Burma the international community is fumbling.
Kjell Magne Bondevik says today’s news reports about Aung San Suu Kyis possible release in November, is part of the propaganda strategy of the Burmese junta.