The 2010 elections were set for November 7th. Non-KIO Kachin leaders formed The Kachin State Progressive Party, but after months of waiting their party was rejected without reason by the Junta Elections Council(EC).
Some of the Kachin leaders tried to join other parties that were accepted by the EC, but the government barred them from joining any opposition party. All opposition parties who managed to get approved experienced heavy censorship. No mention of a federal union or the Panglong agreement was permitted. The Elections Council canceled voting in much of Free Kachin. Students handing out leaflets calling for a boycott of the fake elections were arrested.
Kachin’s neighbors, China and India, supported the junta’s position that the elections were “free and fair” while the Thai government remained silent.
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