NLD demands right to vote for detained activists

Apr 22, 2008 (DVB)-The National League for Democracy released a special statement yesterday calling for detained political leaders and activists to be given the right to vote in the national referendum in May.

NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win said that politicians in detention including NLD secretary Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, deputy chairman U Tin Oo and other leaders, as well as members of the 88 Generation Students should be allowed to participate in the referendum.

Convicted criminals currently serving sentences are barred from voting, but Nyan Win said this should not apply to those who were detained under the government law aiming to protect the nation from "destructive elements" but have not been convicted of any crime.

The government's referendum law introduced in February states that all citizens, naturalised citizens and temporary certificate holders aged 18 or over will be eligible to vote in the referendum.

But people serving prison terms for any offence are excluded from the voting roll under the law, making the position unclear for those held unlawfully or awaiting trial.

Reporting by Aye Nai

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