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Mon State police chief hopeful polls will be peaceful


A security guard watches as people pray near the golden Kyite Htee Yoe Pagoda, also known as the Golden Rock, in Mon State, Myanmar. (Photo- EPA/Lynn Bo Bo)

Though police security reports say there could be violence at some polling stations on election day, 8 November, the Mon State Chief of Police, Bo Bo Oo, is confident the polls will be peaceful in Mon State, according to Burma News International in a report on September 25.

"Though conflict is more likely to take place I do not think such conflict will happen,” U Bo Bo Oo told IMNA news service. “Because the ethnic armed organisations also have a great interest in working for peace and signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) I do not expect such conflicts to happen in the region. I believe that the election in Mon State will be peaceful."

On 15 September the Mon State Police issued a report saying that there will be almost 1,000 polling stations in Mon State and that there could be violence at over 90 of those stations, according to BNI.

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