By Burma Partnership
20 December 2010
"In my region, many people were not interested in the elections, and didn't know anything about the elections. There was no electoral education and people who knew about elections were afraid of getting into trouble. I don't think the elections will bring any betterment to people. I see the elections are designed for the military regime."
- A voter in Sagaing Division
During the elections, the regime took extensive measures to limit election participation at all levels; from restricting political party participation to blocking free flow of information on the elections, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) ensured that they would be able to dominate and control the process from beginning to end. Ethnic parties and ethnic voters were particularly marginalized and suppressed as the Election Commission rejected leading ethnic parties and candidates, security forces hassled ethnic parties, and ethnic voters received little to no electoral education. By limiting such participation, the regime effectively stifled opposition from political parties and the electorate on the day of the polls.