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In Focus: COVID can't be dragged. Myanmar continues to hold elections on 8 Nov
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Myanmar is scheduled to hold a general election on 8 Nov 2020, with a total of 1,171 seats scrambling, consisting of 330 members ดาวน์โหลด slotxo of the House of Representatives and 168 seats of Senators.
While there are 644 seats at the state and local levels and 29 ethnic groups, with 97 constituencies running for the election, few stand out. This includes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party and the military's Union for Unity and Development (USDP) party, with some 37 million voters.
The test of Aung San Suu Kyi
The election will test current state adviser Aung San Suu Kyi. Whether they can lead the NLD to win again or not After the NLD grabbed the majority in the House of Commons in the previous general election in November. It has served as a government since April. The term of office is 5 years which expires in March. 2564
Although it is still popular with the people of Myanmar. But Suu Kyi is facing many challenges. Whether it is trying to amend the 2008 constitution on issues as sensitive as changing the form of government from union to federal. And the reduction of the power of the military in the council Which may affect the private organization or political group within the country At the same time, there is still a problem with the slowdown in economic growth compared to the time of the Government of Gen. Thein Seng.
Suu Kyi also has to deal with the Rohingya problem in Rakhine State. Who forward forming armed forces to protect themselves Including the minority movements of the Arakan Army Which attempted to establish an autonomous area and clashed with the Myanmar military since late 2018, as well as problems of peace talks between the Myanmar government and ethnic minorities. Including the division of power between the central government and the minority And the latest is the problem of dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic.
COVID-infected peaks rise
Myanmar found people infected with COVID-19 In the first two countries on March 23, the government subsequently issued measures to contain the epidemic, such as the suspension of foreign visas in all countries. Campaign for people to detain at home Establishing a coordinating committee with ethnic groups to campaign against epidemic prevention, etc., which initially seemed to be able to control the situation. Myanmar has not found a COVID-infected person for several weeks. Before the outbreak in Rakhine State in August. And began to spread throughout the country until the number of infected people skyrocketed without stopping by surpassing 1,000 cases on Sept. 4, 5,000 on Sept. 20, 10,000 on 27 Feb. Sep., 15,000 cases on Oct. 3, 20,000 cases on Oct. 7, and recently broke through 30,000. While the cumulative death toll reaches 700
Political parties in Myanmar kick off their campaign on Sept. 8, but when the COV situation deteriorates, the military's USDP and dozens of other parties largely support the military. Has submitted a letter to postpone the election. He argues that COVID is an obstacle to electoral campaigning and may affect health safety.

Forward election
However, on Sept. 21, the Myanmar Election Commission confirmed that general elections will continue on Nov. 8 and measures will be taken to prevent the spread. scourge By preparing to increase polling booths from 40,000 to 50,000 in order to maintain social distance While the booth staff will wear a mask And voters will have to wash their hands before entering the NLD booth, which is the ruling party. Confirm that a scheduled general election is necessary. For fear that if postponed it may cause political turmoil Which will aggravate public health and economic problems. In addition, many parties believe that if there is political turmoil The military may be used as a reason for maintaining order and forming an acting national government. And this could be the main reason the NLD stands alone that it will hold elections as scheduled. Despite the severe coronavirus outbreak

The NLD was the first civilian political party to rule. After more than 50 years of military rule in Myanmar, the military still has considerable political power. The Myanmar House of Representatives is made up of 440 members, of which 330 are elected and from The 110 Army Senate was elected, and the Senate consisted of 224 members, 168 from the election, and 56 from the Army's selection, meaning that the army's representatives accounted for a quarter of the two Houses ... It's another big battle that the NLD wants to end quickly and without a stretch. To move forward towards driving the country independently
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