U Shwe Mann, founder of the Union Betterment Party and ex-chair of the military proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party, says he will not run in Myanmar’s election.
This week, The Irrawaddy talks with migrant advocates U Htoo Chit and U Aung Kyaw about whether Myanmar migrants abroad will actually be able to vote in November’s election.
Fighting in Rakhine has derailed the voter list process for Myanmar’s election as authorities are unable to post lists in active conflict areas and lack data on IDP camps.
U Than Htay, chair of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, will run for a Lower House seat in Naypyitaw’s Zayarthiri Township, which the party won in both 2010 and 2015.
Fighting in Chin State has prevented election authorities in conflict areas from making initial voter lists public ahead of the November election.
The Tatmadaw said it would be impossible for some polling stations to be moved off base for the Nov. 8 election.
The Irrawaddy speaks with trade union lawyer U Htay about why a coalition of labor and farmer leaders are running as independent candidates in Myanmar’s 2020 election.
After several years of seeming to tilt toward China, how will Myanmar react to the US’s new assertiveness in Southeast Asia?
The ruling party’s candidate lineup for Nov. 8’s election features mostly familiar faces, but includes more women than in 2015 and Muslim candidates.
A female Rakhine lawmaker stuck between rivals in the Arakan National Party has been forced to run without any party’s backing.
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will seek re-election to the Lower House in the Nov. 8 general election, again representing Yangon’s Kawhmu Township, the NLD said.
Four ethnic Karen political are coordinating their campaigns for the 2020 election to maximize the Karen vote and ensure they don’t run head-to-head.
This week, The Irrawaddy discusses Myanmar’s 2020 election with U Ko Ko Gyi, a leader from the 1988 pro-democracy protests and founder of the new People’s Party.
Poll monitors are hopeful recent legal changes requiring military voters to cast ballots alongside civilians will boost transparency and lead to fairer results on Nov. 8.
The National League for Democracy says the party hasn’t confirmed whether the State Counselor will run for a Parliament seat in a Naypyitaw township, contrary to rumors.