Burma Election: Clutching At A Small Sliver Of Democracy

"For a Burmese politician who has police watching his front door 24 hours a day, Phone Win is remarkably relaxed. The military junta's spies who follow him wherever he goes are of no concern.

Now, as he treads the campaign trail in Burma's first election in 20 years, they barely bother to hide as they photograph him on the campaign trail, scribbling notes on where he goes, and to whom he speaks.

""That is for them to worry about,"" he says, smiling, as he hands out campaign flyers outside the busy Hledan market, near Rangoon University. ""The government has made very difficult rules for us, but I am following the rules very carefully. What more can I do? If they want to do something to me, they will do something.""

Burma goes to the polls this morning and Phone will campaign until the last minute. Dr Phone (pronounced ""Pone"") is an independent candidate in Kamayut township in the northern suburbs of Rangoon. While he is not aligned to any of the 37 parties taking part in this election, he is not alone. Contesting this election with him is his wife, Yuza Maw Htoon, who is running in the neighbouring constituency."