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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Myanmar Minorities Excluded From Voting in Election

Myanmar is preparing to go to the polls for the country’s second general election since the end of the full military rule, a vote that is expected to bring Aung San Suu Kyi back to power, however, this will exclude approximately 2.6 million ethnic-minority voters.

Myanmar is preparing to go to the polls for the country’s second general election since the end of the full military rule, a vote that is expected to bring Aung San Suu Kyi back to power, however, this will exclude approximately 2.6 million ethnic-minority voters.

The Coronavirus pandemic, economic crisis and an intense conflict in parts of the country wherein the military has been accused of several wrongdoings inflicted on Rohingya in 2017 has overshadowed this year’s elections.

There are approximately 1.5 million voters from ethnic minorities in conflict-affected areas.

These people will not be able to participate in the election due to security concerns.

Human Rights Watch was concerned due to the restrictions that were made and described the election as “fundamentally flawed”.

The people’s fear over the coronavirus may also prevent them from going to the polls. 

Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to push ahead the elections despite the increase of cases in August.

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