Aung San Suu Kyi is on a voter’s list for the first general election in 20 years, due to be held in November, eyewitnesses have told the BBC. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk)
Burma’s detained pro-democracy leader’s election victory in 1990 was annulled by the country’s military junta.
Now she is under house arrest and was at first excluded from the electoral roll.
But eyewitnesses say her name is now on a follow-up list for her ward in Rangoon.
There has been no official comment, and it is not clear whether she will be allowed out to cast her vote in November.
Burma’s military rulers are currently attending an annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
Burma’s poor human rights record and refusal to hand over power to Suu Kyi’s party 20 years ago has been criticised by many Western nations and the UN.
According to analysts, Suu Kyi’s inclusion would have little impact on the outcome of the vote since she has told dissatified citizens that they do not have to participate in the 7 November polls.
New election laws forced her National League for Democracy party to disband.
In Burma most people believe that the same faces that rule the country now will be in power after the polls, said BBC Burmese journalist Soe Win Than.
The government has its own party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, headed by the incumbent prime minister.
The new constitution guarantees 25% of seats for the military, meaning that unelected military officers will sit in parliament.