Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein, Nay Ye Ba Swe and Mya Than Than Nu Attempt Election in Burma

Burmese-democracy-activistsCho Cho Kyaw Nyein, Nay Ye Ba Swe and Mya Than Than Nu are democracy activists from Myanmar (Burma.) All of them along side with the well-known Aung San Suu Kyi are daughters of former Burmese Prime Ministers. When the military junta took power in 1962, they were sent to jail with their fathers. Due to electoral laws passed in order to prevent Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi from participating in the election, her party National League for Democracy decided to boycott the election. However, the three activists took different steps. Their currently established Democratic party will take part in this year elections. There is, however, little hope for this brand new party. Tight budget and little political capacity make their organization look fragile against the mighty military regime. Nonetheless, the activists hope that getting people to vote, for any party, will be a little step towards the bigger democratic improvements. The people of Burma have not voted since 1990. Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi great victory in the 1990 election was dismissed by the military regime.

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