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.
The NLD has accused the Kayah parliament speaker of orchestrating ex-chief minister L Phaung Sho’s removal after being denied a chance to run in November’s election.
Myanmar President U Win Myint dismissed the ruling party’s L Phaung Sho as Kayah State chief minister on Thursday following his impeachment in a funding scandal.
Kayah State Chief Minister L. Phaung Sho of the NLD has become the first state leader to be constitutionally impeached after state MPs voted in support of his removal.
Yangon’s Shwegondine quarter, home to many fabric printing shops, is currently a sea of red—the ruling NLD’s color—as vendors churn out election-related merchandise.
The Union Election Commission will soon announce which of the 7,000 potential candidates are qualified to run in the November election.
In the former ruling and military proxy USDP’s candidate list, ministers from the previous government and ex-generals account for nearly 30 percent of the 1,129 hopefuls.
The Union Election Commission says any attempt to get voters to boycott the general election is a violation of election law that carries possible jail time.
The NLD said it would field candidates in all constituencies in Rakhine State in the upcoming election, after initially saying it would not run for all seats.
The military detained a man in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State last Friday evening and on Monday gave his body over to local police without an explanation of the cause of death.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the National Defense and Security Council must meet because it is “too dangerous for one person to be making decisions” for the country.
Two ethnic Kayah parties say they won’t run candidates in the same elections to avoid splitting votes and also announced that nearly a third of their candidates are activists.
Local election authorities in Pathein, Ayeyarwady Region warned all candidates against campaigning on Facebook before the start of the official campaign period.
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.