Nearly 3,000 villagers have fled their homes after naval shelling and the threat of military raids in response to alleged action by the Arakan Army.
So far, this year’s campaign period has seen more election-related violence than the previous poll, including vandalism, rioting and intimidation of an election official.
For most voters in Myanmar, election day is a chance not only to vote for their chosen candidates, but to express their rejection of the authoritarian rule of the past.
President’s Office spokesman U Zaw Htay says all dine-in services will be banned across the nation as transmissions have been linked to restaurants.
The Democratic Party for a New Society has refused to broadcast its election campaign video after references to the rights of children and citizens were censored.
Today marks 32 years since junta troops shot dead protester Ma Win Maw Oo, 16. In this 2013 story, her parents explained why they had yet to perform her Buddhist rites.
A spike in coronavirus cases in Yangon means the city requires an extra 5,000 temporary hospital beds, according to a health chief.
Civil servants and journalists in Naypyitaw have been screened after an assistant director at the President’s Office tested coronavirus-positive.
As stay-at-home orders amid a rise in cases make traditional campaigning impossible, even top politicians like Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are going online to reach voters.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to kick off her election campaign in Kawhmu Township after two men with access to her residence tested positive for COVID-19.
This week, the UEC approved 6,969 candidates, the NLD vowed to reform the military’s role and Yangon’s archbishop asked voters to reject crony politicians.
In its election manifesto, the ruling National League for Democracy vows to reduce the military’s political powers and says national reconciliation is its top priority.
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says Rakhine State will get the food, protective equipment and investment it needs to tackle its coronavirus spike.
Myanmar’s investment agencies say foreigners applying for work visas must have urgent businesses to be personally taken care of in Myanmar.
Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Chief Executive Carrie Lam has dismissed criticism of China’s coronavirus testing program as politically motivated.