The Bersih 2.0 International Bureau (B2IB) regrets the statement by Myanmar’s head of electoral commission, in which the agency said they are considering the dissolution of the National League for Democracy Party (NLD).
Formed in 1988, the NLD had won the last two general elections with overwhelming popular support. As such, their fate must be decided by the people.
B2IB urges the Myanmar’s electoral commission to immediately rescind any attempt to dissolve the NLD. The dissolution of the 33-year-old historic political party – without due process – will only result in more polarisation and destabilisation of the country. If the NLD is dissolved, it is likely their supporters could lose faith in the electoral process and resort to armed struggle to defend their democratic rights.
Any allegations of electoral fraud concerning the NLD or any party must be presented to court in an open and transparent manner with evidence of electoral fraud submitted. Even if there is irrefutable evidence, any punitive action must be proportionate to the alleged offence.
B2IB once again calls on the international community, especially Asean countries and those in support of democracy, to put pressure on the Tatmadaw to restore parliamentary democracy, civilian rule and peace in Myanmar. – B@IB