Making sense of Myanmar’s election

Myanmar’s 8 November 2015 election saw the re–emergence of genuine and widespread voter engagement in contentious party politics.

Despite fears of widespread electoral fraud or inaccurate voter lists, the process was generally orderly, violence-free and in accordance with standard procedure.

Now a new summary paper, The meaning of Myanmar’s 2015 election, provides important insight and on the ground observations of the vote from more than 30 foreign and Myanmar scholars, journalists and electoral advisors.

The product of a closed-session round table at the University of Yangon’s Department of International Relations in collaboration with the Australian National University’s Myanmar Research Centre, topics covered include party development, voter engagement and the campaign; the efficacy of the electoral process and perceptions of integrity; the management of election results; and the implications of initial outcomes for Myanmar’s ongoing transition.

Read or download the paper here in English and here in Burmese.