YANGON (AFP) - Voters in regions devastated by the cyclone, many hungry and destitute, cast ballots Saturday in a referendum that many said was meaningless because Myanmar's junta has already declared victory. Five million people were eligible to vote on a constitution that the military says will lead to democratic elections in two years, but that critics say will only extend the generals' grip over the country they've ruled for nearly half a century. The regime says the charter was overwhelmingly approved by 92.4 per cent in the first round of voting on May 10, held in parts of the country spared by the cyclone. Even though their votes will not change the outcome, people left their patched-up homes and makeshift shelters to cast ballots at schools, temples and community centres that served as polling stations. "My vote is nothing for them," said a 30-year-old taxi driver. "They won already. What's important for me is trying to earn some money today." His feeling is shared by many in Myanmar's main city of Yangon, where many people still have no reliable water or electricity, while food prices have tripled in the three weeks since the storm. The situation is even worse in the nearby Irrawaddy Delta, which bore the brunt of the storm that left 133,000 dead or missing, with 2.4 million in desperate need of food, shelter and medicine. Only 25 per cent of the people in need have actually received any help, according to the United Nations, creating the prospect that some storm victims could receive ballot papers before getting any aid. People whose homes were destroyed have told AFP they were forced out of schools where they had sought shelter so that the classrooms could be used as polling stations. And the few evacuees lucky enough to live in emergency shelters say authorities have combed through the camps to register everyone over 18 to vote. "What can I do? I voted Yes like everyone else did," said Ko Naing, a 45-year-old resident of Hlaing Tharyar township, where thousands still live in temporary shelters on the western outskirts of Yangon. Many people were afraid to talk about the referendum, fearing retribution from the military and its omnipresent informants. "I will tick Yes," said 30-year-old shop assistant Khin Min. "I am afraid I will be put in jail if I vote No." Kyaw Kyaw, 20, was only a toddler the last time Myanmar held a national election, in 1990, when democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory. The party was never allowed to govern, and she has been under house arrest for most of the years since. But Kyaw Kyaw said she was more concerned with continuing her university studies than with voting. "I also cast a Yes vote, like others did. But I'm not very interested in it. I have to take care of my education," Kyaw Kyaw said. Aung San Suu Kyi has not been allowed to speak about the referendum, but her party has opposed it and urged the military to focus its resources on cyclone relief instead. But Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed to vote. A Myanmar official told AFP that authorities brought her an advance ballot on Friday morning.