The Myanmar military junta is proposing a new constitution which was written in secret without any input from other components of Burma society. The pro-democracy supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi urged their nation to be brave and vote against this constitution in next month’s referendum. The National League for Democracy(NLD) issued a statement calling on the public “to clearly and bravely vote ‘No’ when you mark your ballots.” Although the public has yet to be given a copy of the constitution indications suggest it will allow the military junta, which overthrew democracy, to continue in power for several
more years. The NLD statement noted the proposed constitution: “is not in accord with the basic dcemocratic principles that the sovereign power power of the state is derived from the people” and it does not protect human rights of free speech.
Most of the 54 million people in Burma have neve been allowed to vote so the junta even had to issue a one page statement which explains what voting means and how it is to be conducted. The junta insists it is building a “discipline-flourishing democracy” whatever that means. It lso rejected a UN offer to dispatch observers and provide technical support during an election.