Candidates from merged ethnic Kachin parties believe the Kachin State People’s Party puts them in a stronger position against the NLD and USDP than in previous elections.
The UEC has added parts of Chin State’s war-torn Paletwa Township to its list of no-vote areas, while restoring voting in parts of Rakhine and Shan states.
The Irrawaddy talks with two candidates in their 20s about what motivates their candidacies and what unique challenges they are encountering in their campaigns.
They had many accomplices, but we can lay the worst sins that have been committed against Myanmar’s democracy over the past six decades squarely at the feet of three men.
The Tatmadaw-backed USDP is getting a pre-election boost in parts of the country as supporters of the defunct UDP throw their weight behind the former ruling party.
While the military chief faced complaints, its proxy party is recycling its old divisive tactics in the campaign, skirting election law prohibitions.
The NLD has demanded the AA release three ruling party candidates kidnapped in Rakhine State, saying the trio were campaigning in line with the law and COVID-19 rules.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he would end the current state of emergency if there is no violence; demonstration leaders continued to demand his resignation.
The Election Commission has defended its choice of no-vote areas, saying it consulted security-related ministries and the military; it said some areas are under review.
Armed group demands release of ethnic Rakhine prisoners held by government in exchange for abducted NLD trio’s freedom.
Could electoral victories by merged ethnic parties in state governments and Hluttaw bring about better results in Myanmar?
Critics have raised questions over the areas where voting has been banned by the UEC for alleged security reasons.
Before his detention, the key figure behind the UDP developed a network of connections ranging from Chinese triads and Wa warlords to the DEA and foreign diplomats.
The Union Election Commission has dissolved the United Democratic Party, saying its detained leader funded the party using money illegally transferred from China.
The Irrawaddy talks with two members of the Gender Equality Network on the topic of female involvement in politics.