On March 31, voters will get to decide who fills 105 local seats, including six on the Yangon City Development Committee's executive board.
Politicians contending in elections this year may use anti-LGBT+ stances to gain the votes of the conservative electorate.
In this pre-election year, defenders of democracy must remain vigilant against any development that could disrupt preparations for the 2020 vote.
Resentment against Modi wells as steep drops in price of staple foods and the weakening rupee cause rural economies to suffer.
Awami League, which is seeking a third straight term in power in the upcoming elections, has denied accusations of trying to intimidate opposition candidates and journalists.
The ruling Awami League unveiled its election manifesto on Tuesday, making sweeping promises to eradicate poverty and boost the economy.
Recently enacted laws have made it increasingly difficult to report freely, especially on issues surrounding corruption, human rights abuses and bad governance.
Military government lifts ban on political activity
Bangladesh’s election commission rejected 786 of 3,065 nominations for the Dec. 30 elections—almost none of which were from the ruling Awami League.
Ruling party’s Executive Committee reviewing Nov. 3 poll results, announces ground-level revamp to prepare for 2020 election
Some of the candidates who lost a race to the USDP question the ballots the military-backed party won in early voting on military bases, where monitoring is heavily restricted.
The ruling party's failure on Saturday to hold on to seats it won in 2015 shows voters are frustrated with the pace of reform, an NLD spokesman said.
Voters trickled through polling stations in Mandalay. But in Rakhine and Yangon, locals eager to cast their ballots have had to wait in line.
Nang Htwe Hmone is one of only seven women among the 69 candidates in Saturday's poll, but she feels confident about becoming Mandalay's next Shan ethnic affairs minister.
Political parties in Kachin, Chin, Karen and Mon states merge in a bid to overthrow the NLD in the 2020 general election.