Fewer than 10,000 Myanmar expats apply to vote in Yangon

According to the Yangon Region election commission, fewer than 10,000 residents of the region who are currently living abroad requested permission to vote in the upcoming national.

Myanmar citizens living abroad legally were invited to submit Form No 15 to their nearest Myanmar embassies. The forms were sent to the Union Election Commission, which then sent them to sub-national election commissions.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave us the names and addresses. We have given them to the district branches of the commission. I guess Yangon Region has less than 10,000 voters. The figure won’t be above 10,000,” said election commission official Ko Ko.

Form No 15 is only valid for legal migrants, including diplomats and students.

Illegal migrants have to return to their permanent residences in order to vote, Ko Ko explained.

He said: “Although they emigrated illegally, they still have right to vote if they have household records.”

Khin Zaw Tun, an officer of the Yangnon Region election commission, said: “Those who did not inform the embassy, what can the embassy do for them?”

UEC chairperson Tin Aye said there are approximately 18,000 forms had been submitted nationwide as of September 2.

The UEC has announced that the finalised voter lists will be put on public display on September 14.

Source: ELEVEN

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