Poll Watchdog Questions Burma Vote Frau…

The Thailand-based Asian Network For Free Elections has sharply criticized Nov. 7 elections in Burma, saying many advance votes were taken outside the official time frame and that "the counting of ballots has raised many questions that demand an answer." Anfrel's concerns were borne out by a team of undercover journalists inside Burma who risked prison time to report on the election for independent international media. One of those reports, by Mon Mon Myat, who managed to monitor the counting process from a single polling station, appears here. If what she saw is repeated across the country, it indicates that even despite the junta's overwhelming rigging of the election by giving a quarter of the seats to the army and disqualifying meaningful participation by supporters of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the military sought to copper its bets through fraud.

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