Public Opinion on Elections and
Expectations of the New Government
In Myanmar’s November 2015 elections, 69 percent of people turned out to vote according to the Union Election Commission (UEC). More than 10,000 people mobilized to observe election-day and dozens of organizations conducted voter education during the electoral process — a sign that citizens were finding new ways to be involved compared with past elections. Although the public generally accepted the results of the election, there remain a number of challenges in the country’s political transition, including debates around the constitution, negotiations around the peace process, and the democratic culture of the country.
As the new civilian government promised to further the transition to democracy through several reforms, it is crucial for the government, parliament, CSOs, and others to understand the public’s attitudes, opinions, expectations, and knowledge about democracy, elections and their government. In May 2016, the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE) conducted a nationwide post-election opinion survey to measure the public’s attitudes and opinions about democracy and elections, knowledge and views towards priorities for electoral reform, and awareness and expectations on political institutions and newly elected officials.