Shortcomings in education and awareness campaigning dampened voter interest in the 1 April by-election and resulted in lower turnout than Burma’s 2015 general election, the Myanmar Election Observation Network says.
With tens of thousands of voters expected to go to the polls for today’s by-election, the ruling National League for Democracy will get its clearest indication to date of how the Burmese people view the party’s first year in office.
The Union Election Commission has summoned a spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party to provide evidence after the latter questioned the commission’s ability to rule on electoral disputes impartially.
The Arakan National Party will hold a meeting of members of its Central Executive Committee to discuss the resignation letter submitted by its chairman, Aye Maung, who officially signalled his intention to leave the party earlier this week.
In a development certain to shake up the political arena in Rakhine State and beyond, the leader of the Arakan National Party has submitted a letter of resignation, throwing one of Burma’s most prominent ethnic political parties into further disarray.
Burma’s Union Election Commission has allowed the registration of the Arakan League for Democracy, re-establishing a political party that was a formidable competitor in national polls 27 years ago but may further fracture ethnic Arakanese political solidarity in future votes.
The battle to succeed State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi as the Lower House lawmaker representing Rangoon Division’s Kawhmu township is shaping up to be a crowded contest, with nine candidates registered to compete for the seat in a 1 April by-election.