Myanmar Votes 2015

National League for Democracy (NLD) supporters celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections outside party headquarters on April 1, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

The people and the vote

Elections see everyday people re-engage with national politics after decades of fear and oppression.

Aung San Suu Kyi and the vote

Democracy’s darling not the only key to Myanmar’s future.

The Arab Spring and the vote

No Oscars for the Tatmadaw as Facebook video flops.

Kachin soldier. Photo by Allyson Neville-Morgan on flickr

Ethnic conflict and the vote

Will a failure to represent Myanmar's ethnic diversity see democracy derailed?

Karen parties and the vote

A proliferation of Karen parties and candidates highlights the challenge of political unity.

Leaders and the vote

Thein Sein and the military have a historic opportunity to help ensure change in Myanmar.

Artists in red and the vote

Artistic freedom flourishes in a new Myanmar. But there are still risks.

The peace deal and the vote

Is Myanmar finally on the path to peace, and will Sunday’s election spell an end to decades of conflict?

The United States and the vote

Washington’s interest will wane in the wake of Sunday’s vote. But it shouldn't, writes Hunter Marston.

A press conference and the vote

Aung San Suu Kyi sets herself "above the president". Is she the mother of dragons?

Religion and the vote

Divisive issue will need to be carefully managed after Sunday's election.

Minorities and the vote

Voters in Karen State are caught between ethnic loyalties and national dreams.

A masculine Myanmar and the vote

Will elections change the male face of public life in Myanmar, asks Khin Khin Mra.

Communal violence and the vote

Race and religious tensions in Myanmar could impact Sunday's election result.

969 leader Ashin Wirathu. Photo: Al Jazeera.

Ma Ba Tha and the vote

Should the world engage with Myanmar's 'extreme monks' and newest political force?

No longer the odd man out. Myanmar President Thein Sein (third from right) with Southeast Asian leaders at the 24th ASEAN summit. Photo by AFP.

ASEAN and the vote

The regional organisation has little say but much to gain with Myanmar’s elections Sunday.

Time for the vote

This Sunday’s election marks another milestone in the slow march toward a more open and prosperous society.

Lawmakers and the vote

Could Myanmar's post-election transfer of power derail democracy. Chit Win surveys the risks.

The world and the vote

International interest in Myanmar's elections a major positive, writes Trevor Wilson.

Monks march during Myanmar's Saffron revolution. Photo: Wikimedia commons

Civil society and the vote

Civil society must play an important role in consolidating Myanmar's democratic transition, writes Helen James.

Photo: Olivia Cable

Red and green rallies and the vote

Colourful rallies and a solidarity in hope set the scene for Myanmar's election.

Photo: UN Women Asia & the Pacific on flickr

Women and the vote

Will Myanmar’s election narrow the gender gap in politics?

Photo by fabolousfabs on flickr

Youth and the vote

Myanmar's fountain of youth... careful it’s not Kool-Aid.

China and the vote

Like a dour brylcreemed uncle, Beijing will be warning Naypyitaw about all this change-y, hope-y stuff come 8 November.