August 19, 2016

Public trust is crucial issue for winning election

Five years have passed since the previous general election organized by the military government. Myanmar will have its first ever general election on 8 November under a democratic government, according to an announcement by the Union Election Commission on 8 July.
With the passage of time, the electorate has become convinced that elections can deliver a legitimate and democratically elected government that is responsive and accountable to their needs. In addition, free and fair elections play a vital role in fostering political openness and expanding political participation, two factors that can help peaceful, democratic transformation to take place and assure stability and prosperity.
Naturally, there is no person who does not want to lead a comfortable life. For their dreams to come true, development is the name of the game. There is no doubt that critical development efforts will not meet with success if the government fails to concentrate on advancing democratization and encouraging political liberalization.
An important point to remember is that no government will ever come up with a panacea for outstanding issues. People do, however, expect a government that shows respect for human rights and the rule of law, assures the equal administration of justice, and improves standards of living in a sustainable way.
In no sense can a country be a genuine democracy unless its citizens enjoy the right to choose their representatives through free and fair elections which can be a beacon of hope for finding their own destiny.


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