Myanmar plans to go ahead with an election in November despite the challenges it faces in completing an electoral roll in the many areas of the country that have suffered ethnic conflict, the country’s election commission chairman said on Tuesday. The country is gearing up for a historic election in November, the first free vote in 25 years and a milestone in the country’s transition to democracy after 49 years of military rule ended in 2010.
“The election will be in November,” Tin Aye, chairman of Myanmar’s Union Election Commission, told reporters on Tuesday.
The commission will announce the actual polling date in August, he added.
Among the challenges is completing a full electoral roll that includes voters in camps for internally displaced people in areas that have seen ethnic conflict, and the millions of citizens living abroad, Tin Aye said.