Myanmar’s first elections in 20 years will be held Nov. 7, the country’s military junta has announced according to the Associated Press. The international community criticized the move, saying the elections come with very restricting conditions. Several countries emphasized that the polls will not be recognized unless the military junta can ensure that the vote is fair and free. The U.K. has said the polls will be held under “deeply oppressive conditions designed to perpetuate military rule.” U.S. State Department spokesperson Philip Crowley shared the same view, explaining that the country’s current oppressive political environment does not allow for inclusive and credible elections, the Democratic Voice of Burma says. Meanwhile, the European Union warned that it would not consider the elections as legitimate unless the military government can guarantee it will be fair and honest, the AP says. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the country’s military rulers to release political prisoners such as democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and allow them to participate in the polls.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.