Counting continues till Monday after the general elections in Myanmar on Sunday. A report by the French news agency AFP indicates Aung San Suu Kyi’s government’s return to power. Aung San Suu Kyi, accused of genocide against Rohingya, has maintained his popularity in Myanmar despite losing his international reputation.
Myanmar has more than 36 million registered voters. Despite the growing coronovirus infection in the country, people turned out to vote. Mandal is the second largest city in Myanmar. It is characterized as a corona hotspot. Heavy polling took place outside the polling station on Sunday. Although they had masks to prevent coronary infections, social distance was not seen.
Suu Kyi’s party National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to return to power for the second consecutive time. The NLD won a resounding victory in the 2015 general election, ending more than half a century of military and military-backed rule in Myanmar. However, the influence of the military in the country’s politics is still strong. According to the Constitution, 25 percent of the seats in Parliament are allocated to the army. The army also takes care of important ministries.
Suu Kyi, once known for fighting dictatorships, has reiterated the military’s stand on the Rohingya crisis. He has faced international criticism for his denial of Rohingya ethnicity and genocide. However, he is still popular among the people of Myanmar. According to AFP, Aung San Suu Kyi will win a stunning victory in this year’s election. He urged people to vote widely without fear of Corona. Many stood in the country to vote before sunrise. Many voted for hours.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for peaceful, orderly and credible elections in Myanmar on Friday, but questioned the validity of the vote. More than 3 lakh Muslim Rohingya Muslims did not get a chance to vote. The rights group Burma Campaign UK has called the election “racist”. They say Myanmar’s election has not been open and transparent. 2 million people from various minority communities in the country have been denied votes.