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Political Prisoners: The Right to Vote

Thursday, April 24 2008, 05:59 PM EDT
Therefore, we hereby declare that as stipulated by the law, the authorities bear the responsibility of ensuring that the abovementioned people are included in the voting roll and provided the opportunity to exercise their voting right.

The National League for Democracy
No (97/B) West Shwegondine Street
Bahan Township, Rangoon

21 April 2008
The 1st Waning Moon of Tagu, 1370 Burmese Era

Special Announcement No: 6/04/08

1. The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) proclaimed the Referendum Law as Law No 1/2008 on 26 February 2008.

2. Article 11(d) under Chapter V ("Preparing Voting Rolls") of that law states:

"The following persons shall not be included in the voting roll:
"(1) Members of religious orders;
"(2) Persons who have been adjudged to be of unsound mind as provided for in the relevant law;
"(3) Persons serving prison terms, having been convicted under order or sentence of a court for any offence;
"(4) Persons who are illegally abroad;
"(5) Foreigners" and,

Similarly, Article 14(A) of Chapter VI also states:

"Every person who is included in the voting roll for the referendum is entitled to vote."

3. Hence, the following people should be included in the voting roll and permitted to vote:

(a) Vice Chairman U Tin Oo and General Secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi o the National League for Democracy (NLD)

(b) Dr Than Nyein, vice chairman of the Rangoon Division NLD Organizing Committee (also the elected representative of Kyauktan Township Constituency-1), and Dr Daw May Win Myint, member of the Rangoon Division NLD Organizing Committee (elected representative of Mayangon Township Constituency-2)

(c) U Than Lwin, vice chairman of Mandalay Division NLD Organizing Committee (elected representative of Madaya Township Constituency-2, and U Kan Tun, secretary of Mandalay Division NLD Organizing Committee, and member Daw Win Mya Mya

(d) Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, and other leaders of 88 Generation Students, and

(e) Those who are detained under the Law Safeguarding the State from the Danger of Destructive Elements and those who are being detained without having been convicted or sentenced by a court for an offence

Therefore, we hereby declare that as stipulated by the law, the authorities bear the responsibility of ensuring that the above-mentioned people are included in the voting roll and provided the opportunity to exercise their voting right.

As per the decision made at the meeting of the Central Executive Committee on 10 April 2008,

Central Executive Committee
Rangoon National League for Democracy

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