Burma’s state TV announced that the country’s first election in two decades will be held on November 7.
The long-awaited announcement on state TV and radio today marked the first time the junta gave a date for the polls, which will be the first since 1990.
Critics called the election a sham designed to cement military rule.
The military has ruled Burma for nearly 50 years.
A spokesman for Ms Aung Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy said the date was too soon to allow sufficient time for party campaigning.
“Without freedom of media or expression, the elections cannot be either free or fair,” said the spokesman, Nyan Win.
The elections are the final step in the junta’s so-called “roadmap to democracy,” a seven-step programme for shifting from 50 years of military rule.