Independent observers have rejected claims of voter fraud in Myanmar’s 2020 election, three months after the military took power in a coup.The Asian Network for Free Elections said the outcome of the vote was “by and large, representative of the will of the people of Myanmar”.The military has justified its February coup by alleging massive voter fraud, but provided no evidence.The vote was won by Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.
Ms Suu Kyi and other elected officials were arrested on 1 February in a series of early morning military raids. She has only been seen by video link since.The election observers’ report described the military’s decision to ignore the election results as “indefensible” .Myanmar’s military has yet to respond to the report. It has previously said it will hold new elections within two years.
The Asian Network for Free Elections, which had observers at more than 400 polling stations during November’s vote, did acknowledge a number of “irregularities” in how the vote was held – but the said they were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a number of conflicts in the country at the time.It also said those irregularities meant the election was not as free and fair as the previous vote in 2015.But the outcome did represent the will of the people, the report concluded, and showed Myanmar’s democracy was making progress.”Despite the raging Covid-19 pandemic, 27.5 million people voted thanks to the hard work of polling staff and election or health officials; their voices cannot be silenced,” the report said.
Source : BBC