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Image of Asia: Checking eligibility in Myanmar elections

November 6, 2015

In this photo by Hkun Lat, a woman checks for her name on an eligible voter list at a township Election Commission Office in Mandalay, Myanmar. On Sunday the country will hold what is being viewed as the country’s best chance for a free and credible election in a quarter of a century. About 30 million of Myanmar’s 52 million people are eligible to vote. Excluded are 500,000 Rohingya Muslims the government considers to be foreigners, as well as members of religious orders, convicts and people judged to be of unsound mind or bankrupt. Most observers are certain the National League for Democracy will win the elections — if they are free and credible. Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD won the last elections they contested, in 1990, but the military refused to honor the results and kept Suu Kyi under house arrest over most of the following two decades.

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