Myanmar election commission staff hand out registration cards to voters as preparations for voting enter the last stage. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Myanmar braces for a general election. The general election November 8th is the first since a quasi-civilian government replaced military rule in 2011. It is widely seen as a referendum on Myanmar's reform process. Election officials are getting ready for the vote. The election is a crucial step for the country as it builds a political system and bolsters institutions after nearly 50 years of military rule. Some say little has changed. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) 69-YEAR-OLD GOLDEN VALLEY RESIDENT, KYAW WIN, SAYING: "I want to vote this time because we need changes, which are in line with people's desires. In the last five years, even if they say this is a democratic government there have been no changes in reality." Aung San Suu Kyi is banned from becoming president under the constitution though she is a member of parliament. Her party is expected to play a major role in electing the president after the general election.