Ban on foreign visitors extended in Myanmar till the elections

Myanmar has extended the ban on foreign visitors till the date of the elections. The ban on foreigners’ entry through land borders will also be extended for another month, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said in a statement .

The extension of the curbs, which were due to end on Oct 31, was ordered by the National Committee on Covid-19 Control chaired by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, it said. 

General elections are scheduled to be held in Myanmar on 8 November 2020. Voting will occur in all constituencies, excluding seats appointed by or reserved for the military, to elect members to both the upper house (the House of Nationalities) and the lower house (the House of Representatives) of the Assembly of the Union, as well as State and Regional Hluttaws (legislatures). Ethnic Affairs Ministers will also be elected by their designated electorates on the same day, although only select ethnic minorities in particular states and regions will be entitled to vote for them.

A total of 1,171 national, state, and regional seats are to be contested in the election, with polling set to take place in all townships, including areas considered conflict zones and self-administered regions .

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