Despite signing agreement last month to consider having elected representatives for townships under their control to speak for them, both the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) say the first thing for them to deliberate is whether or not they should accept the 2008 constitution that had been ratified without their participation, according to sources from Sino-Burmese border.
Both had allowed junta referendum organizers to set up polling stations in their areas in May 2008 for the non-UWSA and non-NDAA populace to exercise their right. “Only a few turned up,” said an NDAA official. “And you can be sure what most of them thought about whatever the Burmese government did.”
Nevertheless, the regime announced later that 99.07% of the eligible voters had turned up and 92.4% of them had voted in favor of the charter.