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Landslides likely to prevent voting in Chin State


A landslide from July 25 to 31 on Kalay-Falam-Haka Road, disrupted transport in Falam Township and surrounding areas. Photo: Bik Lian

Residents of western Myanmar’s Chin state will face challenges reaching polling stations to vote in general elections in November because of washed-out roads and bridges caused by recent floods along with continued heavy rains, local election officials said Wednesday according to an RFA report on 19 August.

More than 270,000 voters of Chin’s population of 478,800 may not be able to reach polling stations to cast ballots for 202 candidates from their state because traveling will be hazardous or impossible, especially in Tonzang, Tiddim, Falam and Hakha townships, ethnic Chin political party leaders said. 

Lawmakers throughout the country will begin campaigning on 8 September.

“People in these townships are not interested in voting in the election because they are in trouble,” Pu Gin Kam Lian, general secretary of the Zomi Congress for Democracy said. “They don’t need the elections, but they do need to survive. It would be good if the government extended the campaign period before the elections.”

So far, the government is not planning to extend the two-month campaign period or push ahead voting day.

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