Election officials in Myanmar are still struggling to finalize the nationwide voter list as the nation heads to the polls on Sunday. The Union Election Commission (UEC) had initially announced it intended to release the final list on November 2. But the head of the Yangon Region Election Commission, Ko Ko, told VOA Burmese Tuesday the plan was delayed due to technical difficulties. He said hundreds of thousands of eligible voters have been added for the nation’s largest city. He added that the final list for the Yangon Region is expected to be posted later this week. “The total number in the previous list was 4,180,705 and the final voter list now tallies some 4,960,000, meaning that [the number of] eligible voters in the Yangon Region increased by about 800,000,” he said.
Myanmar’s election commission faces intense criticism as large numbers of people are reported to be missing on two previous voter lists.
In the central Myanmar city Mandalay, where the voter lists were partially posted, 26,000 voters were dropped from the list after correcting overlapping and inaccurate data.
Soe Win, The chairman of the Sagaing Region Election Commission, told VOA Tin Oo, the chairman of the Sagaing Region Election Commission, told VOA Burmese the number of eligible voters in the region where severe floods hit in recent months has increased slightly to 3,780,000.