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UN Expert: Myanmar's Commitment to "Stupid" Clean Polls

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (AP) —Military Domination of Free and Fair Elections Next Year Myanmar's promises are "ridiculous," UN experts said Thursday to publicize military affairs to the international community. Said he warned. Justify that rule.

UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar's Human Rights Situation, Tom Andrews, said the military has been working hard to "impress legitimacy" after expelling civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Said that. Acquired in February 2021.

"The proposal that a free and fair election could take place in Myanmar in 2023 is frankly ridiculous. Free if you lock in your opponents. You can't have a fair election at ..

"Their propaganda machines are up and running 24 hours a day and take a piece of evidence they find to make it look as if the international community recognizes them as legal. We are very cautious, very careful, and do not fall into the trap of propaganda, "added Andrews.

In the 2020 general election, the military seized power because of widespread fraud. It has appointed a new member to the Federal Election Commission, which said next year's new multi-party polls would be free and fair.

Andrews said ASEAN must pressure Myanmar troops to stop the violence and release all political prisoners. He said ASEAN's five-point agreement plan should be strengthened to include clear actions and timeframes.

"A five-point consensus doesn't make sense just sitting on a piece of paper," he said. "The only chance to make a difference is to take meaningful action in strategy, action plans, and timeframes."

Andrews was elected to be denied parliamentary seats by a military coup. He praised Malaysia for his involvement in the National Unity Government of Myanmar, an opposition to Myanmar, which was established by lawmakers. He urged other nations to do the same, calling the NUG a "legal entity" to fight brutal troops.

He said the military government could not use that aid as a "weapon of war" because the NUG could also provide resources to provide humanitarian aid to Myanmar.

The army faces widespread opposition to its rule. Low-level armed riots occurred in both urban and rural areas after soldiers and police used deadly forces to shatter peaceful demonstrations.

According to the Myanmar Political Prisoner Assistance Association, the government has reduced the death toll by about one-third, but more than 2,007 protesters and bystanders have been killed in the Hunta crackdown.