UN Sec-Gen Considers Burma Post-Election Visit
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UN Sec-Gen Considers Burma Post-Election Visit

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thursday, March 22, 2012

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a news conference with Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (not pictured) in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur on March 22, 2012. (PHOTO: Reuters)

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes reforms in military-ruled Burma, or Myanmar, will help ensure transparent polls next month.

Ban says he is considering a visit to Burma after the polls.

The April 1 by-election is being held to fill 48 parliamentary seats vacated over the past year.

Ban told reporters on Thursday in Malaysia that the U.N. is in discussions with stakeholders to "ensure that elections will be held in a credible, democratic, open and transparent manner."

He said he has been encouraged by Burma's reforms and added that the military's recently announced plan to allow some foreign election observers is welcome news.

Ban said the reforms have "given a greater sense of hope and expectations" to the international community.

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kerry Wrote:
Let's see how fair the election really is!

So far all we are seeing is the old usual dirty tricks- even with the whole world watching!

Are the military angling for civil war?

Maung Kyaw Nu.a former politic Wrote:
UN Secretary General needs to do more home works to make up coming by-election fair. We urgently ask your practical good office in this regards. We doubt U Thein Sein's commitment for free and fair election. In his Military democracy government, there are still many hardliners are actively busy to long lasting their absolute powers.

PB Publico Wrote:
Mr Ban says of greater hope and expectations.
Yes, but only hopes are greater whereas expectations are low, seeing while dead people are listed but the livings are missed in the voter lists. More, the USDP is organizing a forced advanced voting from residents of constituencies. More, a fear campaign is being perpetrated.
Will Mr Ban come before the by-elections to observe all these mischiefs and sees what he can do to correct the situation.

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