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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Cancelled constituencies have grabbed headlines, but conflict and armed groups play a much bigger role in determining the outcome and fairness of elections in Myanmar.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed hope that weekend elections in Myanmar would allow for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees.
A campaign marked by disappointment in the Union Election Commission and disruption from COVID-19 ends with sharply heightened tensions between the government and the Tatmadaw.
Chin parties are upset at a last-minute change to seat boundaries in a Magway Region township that appears to have dashed their hopes of an election win.
Five million young voters will be able to cast their ballots for the first time in Myanmar's election on Sunday – about 14 percent of the electorate.
Early results indicate the National League for Democracy is performing very strongly and may even improve on its landslide 2015 victory, following a strong turnout on election day.