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Myanmar Embassy in Singapore overwhelmed by number of voters


Myanmar expats wait in line to cast their vote outside the Myanmar Embassy building in Singapore, 15 October 2015. Photo: Wallace Woon/EPA

Myanmar expats wait in line to cast their vote outside the Myanmar Embassy building in Singapore, 15 October 2015. Photo: Wallace Woon/EPA

There were scenes of confusion at the Myanmar Embassy in Singapore yesterday as thousands of Myanmar citizens, waiting in line to cast their votes for their country's general election, were told they would not get the chance to do so, according to a Straits Times report on 19 October.

Embassy officials, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers, told the crowd that only the first 3,000 people could vote that day. The rest would have to join the queue again on 18 October, which was initially the last day for voting there.

But all in the queue stood their ground, and the officials agreed eventually to extend the voting period at least till Wednesday, the report said.

About 20,000 Myanmar nationals in Singapore submitted their request to vote in advance.

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