Monday, 06 July 2020

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Residents in Maungdaw have expressed concerns that polling stations will not be adequately equipped to process votes in time for November 7 elections, said a politician from Maungdaw.

The election commission office in Maungdaw has increased voter lists to polling stations where it is not possible to process in time, the politician said.

The election commission office had not provided polling stations according to the populations which will be made people not able to cast their vote in the election, the politician said.

Meanwhile, tensions have continued to rise between competing campaigns in Arakan State.

An election watchdog group in Maungdaw said that the election commissioner has made greater efforts to enforce restrictions on campaigning as a result of friction between the National Democratic Party for Development (NDPD) and the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party(USDP).

“The commissioner warned the two parties that they must secure permission whenever they want to hold a campaign event. But the USDP hasn’t been getting permission for their events,” the watchdog group said.

An NDPD official denied reports that the party has used religious buildings for campaign events and tried to obstruct other campaigns.

“It’s not true. We are not using religious buildings, and we’ve never tried to put up road blocks against other campaigns,” an NDPD organizer said.

“When we campaign, we set up chairs for attendees and allow people to ask us questions about whatever they want without ever denying them an answer.”

Villagers in Maungni welcomed a candidate from the NDPD and set up a stage for a campaign event that only blocked the road to automobile traffic, said a student who attended the meeting.

Sources in Maungdaw say that more former politicians from the 1990 election have thrown their support behind the NDPD.