Elec­tion in Chin State should be de­layed due to flood dam­age

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Politi­cians from Myan­mar’s flood-rav­aged Chin state say the highly an­tic­i­pated 8 Novem­ber elec­tions should be de­layed ucanews.com re­ported on 3 Septem­ber.

The Chin Na­tional Demo­cratic Party has urged the coun­try’s Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to post­pone the elec­tion by one month be­cause of dev­as­tat­ing dam­age dur­ing mon­soon storms through July and Au­gust. Party of­fi­cials say key roads and bridges in the im­pov­er­ished state are still dam­aged and more than 15,000 peo­ple are still dis­placed in tem­po­rary camps.

“We are fac­ing a tough bat­tle for cam­paign­ing in Chin State,” Salai Ceu Bik Thawng, the party’s gen­eral sec­re­tary, told ucanews.com

He said many roads re­main im­pass­able.

“So we have much con­cern that peo­ple will not be well-in­formed and they can’t choose the right can­di­date. As a re­sult, it could be a big loss for eth­nic can­di­dates.”

There have been cases of gov­ern­ment work­ers us­ing re­lief ef­forts as a tool for pro­pa­ganda and vot­ing-buy­ing, he said, adding to con­cerns that can­di­dates from smaller par­ties will suf­fer more than gov­ern­ment-aligned ones.

About 10 eth­nic Chin par­ties are ex­pected to con­test the elec­tion.

(UCA News)

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