Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken of irregularities ahead of Sunday’s by-election. Speaking ahead of the 1 April vote, she said the election campaign could not be considered ”genuinely free and fair”. But the Nobel laureate said she was ”determined to go forward” and did not regret taking part in the poll. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party head is expected to win her seat in Kawhmu, south-west of Rangoon. In a press conference, Aung San Suu Kyi said the irregularities went “beyond what is acceptable for democratic elections”.
In the constituency she is contesting, the names of hundreds of deceased had been listed on the electoral roll, while those of more than 1,300 people eligible to vote were missing, her party said.
Ms Suu Kyi also cited cases of intimidation and vandalism of campaign materials. “Still we are determined to go forward because this is what our people want,” she said. “We don’t at all regret having taking part.”