A ceremony to pay homage to the elderly will be held in Nay Pyi Taw today to mark the International Day of Older Persons.
The controversy over independent candidates has continued, with former minister for defence U Wai Lwin telling voters they have a “seasonal disease” that compels them to contest elections.
The National League for Democracy candidate running against the former defence minister in Nay Pyi Taw is having a tough time getting his campaign message across in a constituency with a high number of serving military personnel.
Colour campaigns led by activists against the increased militarisation of Myanmar’s public sector is to be joined by a “rainbow ribbon” movement against a trend they fear will accelerate in ministries and government departments.
Former defence minister U Wai Lwin, who has shed his general’s uniform to run for parliament, has warned that reforms should move ahead “smoothly and gently” and that Myanmar must avoid the risk of ending up like Syria.
A National Unity Party candidate has urged commission officials to ensure a level election playing field in Nay Pyi Taw, alleging that some candidates in previous votes faced tougher scrutiny than others.