The woes of war in western Myanmar have been exacerbated by Cyclone Mocha, with already-struggling residents saying they have still received no assistance, and even accusing the military of launching fresh attacks during the storm.
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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.
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.