“[…] [T]he Government of Myanmar did not take the necessary steps to ensure a free, fair, transparent and inclusive electoral process and refused to allow international election observers and independent foreign or local journalists to freely monitor or report on the voting,” said a draft resolution by the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee.
“We call upon the Indonesian government and members of ASEAN to neither recognize nor acknowledge Myanmar’s elections,” said AIPMC Vice-President and Indonesian MP Eva K. Sundari.
“While we are welcoming the results of the [Myanmar] elections, we are urging reconciliation,” said Foreign Ministry director general for ASEAN cooperation Djauhari Oratmangun.
“The elections did not meet international standards, and the media was effectively barred from covering them,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Burma Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention El-Hadji Malick Sow, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Margaret Sekaggya in a joint statement.
“The counting process of the votes has not been transparent and complaints about voting fraud and other irregularities are growing stronger,” said AIPMC Vice-President Lim Kit Siang.