(CNN) -- The political party of democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi has decided not to participate in elections this year in Myanmar, which is formerly known as Burma.
Representatives of the National League for Democracy said they have reached a consensus that they will not register their party under a new election law and will not participate in the election.
The decision came after 115 party representatives met recently in Yangon.
A diplomatic source also confirmed the party's decision.
Myanmar's ruling junta announced the new election law this month that disqualifies Suu Kyi from participating in national elections. She has said she thinks the law is unjust.
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has been under military rule since 1962.
The upcoming vote will be the first since 1990, when Suu Kyi won by a landslide.
Election process faces criticism
The junta refused to recognize her party's victory. Suu Kyi, the face for democracy in Myanmar, has been kept under detention for 14 of the past 20 years.
Critics believe that Myanmar's announced elections are intended only to create a facade of democracy.