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Burmese embassies in Thailand and Singapore have announced the advance polling dates for Burmese nationals abroad, ahead of the upcoming 8 November general election.
According to the announcement made by the Burmese embassy in Singapore, Burmese expats and migrant workers can cast advance votes at a polling station in the embassy from 16– 18 October. On 16 October, the polls will be open from 1pm to 4.30pm; from 17- 18 October, 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The embassy in Singapore has set a 17 September deadline for advance voters to complete a Form-15, which must be submitted along with a passport copy either in person, via registered mail, or via email to [email protected].
The Burmese embassy in Bangkok also announced their advanced polling schedule – voting stations will be open on 17 October from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
A staff member at the Burmese consulate in Chiang Mai said that to date, more than 200 Burmese nationals in Thailand were registered for the advance vote, with 14 registered to vote at the Chiang Mai consulate. The remaining voters will cast their ballots at the Bangkok embassy.
The Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye recently told media that only some 18,000 of around two million Burmese living overseas have applied for advance voting for the upcoming election.
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