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.
Seven government and military-linked election candidates registered in Nay Pyi Taw failed to turn up to an election commission meeting held to explain campaign rules.
Renewed fighting in Shan State is reported to have claimed at least 10 lives even as the government and leaders of armed ethnic groups met in Nay Pyi Taw in their latest attempt to hammer out a nationwide ceasefire accord.
Inspired by a similar movement in the health sector, Myanmar’s judiciary is campaigning against the militarisation of the legal system.
Government ministers and ethnic leaders held preliminary talks in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday ahead of a key meeting today with the president and military commander-in-chief aimed at finally concluding a nationwide ceasefire agreement.
An independent candidate at the centre of a vote-buying scandal has lodged a formal complaint against National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, alleging a recent “voter education” event in Nay Pyi Taw breached campaign rules.