A deserted main street in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe is pictured on August 23. Statewide stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have made campaigning difficult in the state, and near impossible in northern townships where severe restrictions on internet access have been in place for more than a year. (AFP)
Mobile internet and COVID-19 restrictions have combined to make a free and fair election impossible in Rakhine State, parties say.
Mobile internet and COVID-19 restrictions have combined to make a free and fair election impossible in Rakhine State, parties say.

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