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Saturday, 10 May 2008

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Officials at a polling station in Rangoon (Yangon!)

Officials in Burma commenting on the country's current constitutional referendum being held today, have said that turnout figures have been "exceedingly low".

The referendum, say generals, will pave the way for democratic elections in 2010, but government opposition groups say it is a cycnical attempt by the ruling party to tighten its stranglehold on the country.

The situation has not been helped by the terrible events of last week, when Burma - pronounced Myanmar - was hit by Cyclone Nargis, and it's thought that many of the electorate have lost their voting slips.

One voter who did make it to the polls was retired rice farmer Noh Aye Yis, 109, who said he couldn't make his mind up, and had his voting papers declared 'spoiled'.

In Rangoon (Yangon!), three ladies who were sheltering under a piece of corrugated metal were led into a polling station by government officials and forced to register their votes at gunpoint. One of them, Miss Ee Bah Gum, 121, said:

"It's a disgrace! It'll be the last time I vote, I can assure you of that!"

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