The voter list concluded its second public display in most of the country’s states and regions yesterday, even as many claim the electoral rolls are as error-ridden as ever.
Located 300 kilometers south of mainland Myanmar in the Indian Ocean, the Coco Islands are about as remote as it gets – and now the small islands are at the center of the latest election complaint.
Kayin politicians have angrily criticised a decision by the Union Election Commission to strip more than 100,000 people in Kayin State of the right to vote in the November 8 election on security grounds.
Only a handful of political parties have applied for permission to canvass in Mandalay, even though permit requirements have been relaxed and election day looms less than six weeks away.
Five Muslim pilgrims from Myanmar have been confirmed dead and seven remain missing following last week’s stampede disaster near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia that claimed over 700 lives, according to a local Muslim organisation.
Leaders of some 20 ethnic armed groups from Myanmar are due to meet in Chiang Mai today amid divisions over whether to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government.
Fighting continued yesterday between the Tatmadaw and the Kachin Independence Army, with one villager saying he observed as many as 15 “heavy weapons” being fired into KIA positions in the space of two hours near the town of Mansi in Kachin State.