Elections in Burma

Burma (also called Myanmar) will vote on 8 November in its first open general election in 25 years. The vote is seen as a crucial test for the transition towards a full democracy; free and fair elections would indicate the reform process is genuine. A staggering 93 parties are taking part.

Reform in Burma has been under way since 2010 when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government. The ruling USDP party now faces a head-to-head contest with Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.

One tangible change in Burma has been increased press freedom; dozens of new newspapers are reporting quite critically about current affairs and on TV open political debate is now possible, although still dozens of reporters have been arrested for simply doing their jobs.

The independent broadcaster ‘Democratic Voice of Burma’ (DVB) airs a weekly DVB Debate with four speakers, a critical audience and a cartoonist. in the run-up to these historical elections, Cartoon Movement will publish a weekly original work by DVB Debate's cartoonists, coordinated by lead cartoonist Soe Thaw Dar.