An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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Party chair U Than Htay has challenged the fairness of Sunday’s election and urged the public to send in evidence of fraud, while some USDP candidates are also refusing to sign off on the results.
The 33-year-old was one of just two Muslims out of more than 1,100 candidates for Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party.
A higher-than-expected turnout appears to have put the National League for Democracy on course for a massive victory, including in the ethnic states where newly newly merged ethnic parties had been tipped to perform well.
The state will continue to be the country’s biggest political anomaly, with the ruling party trailing both the USDP and SNLD.
The Arakan National Party and Arakan Front Party appear set to hold a combined nine seats in the 20-member state legislature. By KAUNG HSET NAING.
Determined voters have overlooked the threat of COVID-19 to turn out in large numbers across the country, although some were concerned at the lack of.
Voters in Yangon’s northern Mayangone Township say exercising their right to vote is more important than worrying about catching COVID-19 on Sunday.
Unclear instructions from above, staff and budgetary shortages and the risk posed by the coronavirus have local election officials struggling to organise a safe and orderly vote.