YANGON - MYANMAR'S regime and its proxies faced allegations of fraud and disrupting the flow of news on Saturday as they prepared for the army-ruled country's controversial first election in two decades.

Ahead of Sunday's poll, opposition parties accused the regime-backed political group of 'cheating' and 'threatening' voters in the process, which is already widely criticised as a sham that will cloak ongoing military rule.

Fears were also deepening that the junta was intentionally blocking access to information, with the Internet down across Yangon on Friday.

Few outsiders will be there to bear witness when up to 29 million eligible voters cast their ballots as foreign election observers and international media have been barred from entering the country for the election.

European diplomats have also snubbed official polling station visits, declining an invitation to join what British ambassador Andrew Heyn had already dismissed as a 'choreographed tour' on election day.

The British, German, French and Italian representatives in Yangon issued a statement on behalf of the European Union late Friday saying the rules of the inspections meant they were unable to participate.

Myanmar junta under fire