This page is now archived and will be kept indefinitely for research purposes. Only materials strictly necessary for essential documentation will be added.
Some basic references
The Specific Relief Act dated 1 May 1877
(This India Act of 1877 is held to be in force in Myanmar. It has provisions for filing suit for the declaration of entitlement of a legal character denied, or for a suit by a person whose property, franchise or personal right would be injured by forebearing of the specific act. The Act has been used by the National League for Democracy - along with the Law of Contract - against the Myanmar Government for their refusal to convene the Pyithu Hluttaw in 1990 and for declaring in September 2010 the NLD an unlawful organisation.)
1988 - 1990
1991 - 1998
Burmese Text - the Referendum Rules and Procedures [no English text available]
*The collation was made by Khin Kyaw Han, NLD elected MP for Yenangyaung
The following laws, regulations and notifications relate to General Elections and date from 2010. The definitive Burmese language texts of all the legislation may be found on the Union Election Committee website at this link but some English-language translations are provided below.
Unofficial translation of Amendment dated 4 November 2011
The New Light of Myanmar - 31 March 2011
The official daily today carries the texts issued on 30 March 2011 of:
4 Notifications by the State Peace and Development Council signed by SPDC Chairman Senior General Than Shwe transferring legislative, executive and judicial powers to the new civil administration.
24 Orders signed by Thein Sein as President appointing persons to ministerial, official and judicial posts at national, State and regional level.
6 Notifications signed by Thein Sein as President about the formation of institutions including the 35 member Union Government (President and two Vice-Presidents, 30 Ministers, Attorney-General and Cabinet Secretary).
Thein Sein's inaugural address to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union - Lower and Upper Houses combined).
A Working Paper by the University of Passau illustrating how "democracy" has been perceived and practised in Myanmar during the past 70 years.
Background Article on the 1990 Elections
The Burmese exile community and the national reconciliation process
Derek Tonkin analyses the Burmee expatriate communityin a paper presented at a workshop in Hong Kong in January 2009.
Statements by the National League for Democracy
A review of sanctions on Burma of 8 February 2011
Statement by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to the Davos Forum of 28 January 2011
Economic vision and analysis of 4 January 2011
NLD "Appeal to the People" of 6 April 2010 (in Burmese)
NLD "Appeal to the People" of 6 April 2010 (unofficial English translation)
NLD Special Announcement on the election laws of 23 March 2010
Text of Independence Day Statement 4 January 2010 (in Burmese)
Letter from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Sen Gen Than Shwe 11 November 2009
Letter from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Sen Gen Than Shwe 25 September 2009
Burmese version of letter dated 25 September 2009
National League for Democracy "Shwegondaing Declaration" of 29 April 2009
National League for Democracy Statement of Clarification of 23 February 2009
National League for Democracy Special Statement of 17 February 2009
Commentary in "The New Light of Myanmar" 16 June 2008
National League for Democracy Special Statement of 6 June 2008
Text of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's message made in Singapore 8 November 2007
SPDC Statement on dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi dated 4 October 2007
National League for Democracy Special Statement of 15 September 2005
NLD Independence Day Statement 4 January 2003
Central Executive Committee Statement of 13 May 1996 on NLD dialogue efforts
Letter from Chairman of the NLD to SLORC dated 25 March 1996
Press Conference by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 22 November 1995
Remarks by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as reported by Reuters on 14 July 1995
Remarks by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as reported by Reuters on 12 July 1995
Press Conference by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on 11 July 1995
Bo Aung Kyaw Road Declaration (English text) dated 29 August 1990
Bo Aung Kyaw Road Declaration (Burmese text) dated 29 August 1990
Gandhi Hall Declaration of 29 July 1990