COVID-19 looms over Mandalay

Yangon still bears the worst of Myanmar’s COVID-19 outbreak, but the city of Mandalay reported record high daily cases this week, including new cases among election officials and truck drivers. At the time of writing, there have been just over

UEC says turnout will be high despite pandemic

The Union Election Commission (UEC) believes the pandemic will not seriously harm voter turnout in the November 8th election. Speaking to the The Myanmar Times, UEC spokesperson U Myint Naing said that careful preparations will result in voter turnou

One month out, election takes heat from watchdogs

After a challenging few years on the world stage, a successful general election is critical for Myanmar’s geopolitical image. Yet as the election looms, the process has come under fire from human rights advocates, with Rakhine Muslims, also wid

Some Muslim candidates disqualified in election

As the general election draws closer, a major issue has proved to be who can and cannot run. This week, the Rakhine State sub-commission of the Union Election Commission disqualified five Muslim candidates. “They were rejected mainly because th

Election day set

Myanmar will conduct its general election on November 8th of this year, the Union Election Commission (UEC) announced. More than 37 million people are eligible to vote, it said, and 97 parties are eligible to run candidates. Of those, 79 will contest