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No foreign media or observers for Burma poll
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    No foreign media or observers for Burma poll

    No foreign media or observers for Burma poll


    Election observers and foreign journalists will not be allowed into Burma for its first polls in two decades, officials say.

    The Election Commission said observers were not necessary because Burma-based diplomats could monitor the polls.

    Burma-based journalists would also be sufficient to cover the election, the commission said.

    Critics say the 7 November elections are a sham aimed at consolidating military rule.

    "We don't need foreign observers. We have abundant experience in holding elections," Election Commission chairman Thein Soe told a press conference in the capital, Naypyitaw.

    "Besides, the election laws enacted are very balanced and easy to understand."

    On journalists, he said that representatives of international news agencies were resident in Burma and press statements would be released "in a timely manner", so there was no need for foreign reporters.

    Most foreign journalists are banned from Burma, where domestic media is tightly controlled.

    More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11563764

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    Re: No foreign media or observers for Burma poll

    Just one of many corrupt governments world wide.

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