Rangoon voters allege harassment

Voters in Rangoon have complained this morning that they could not cast votes freely due to being watched closely by pro-junta party candidates.

Members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) have reportedly been loitering close to polling booths. When one man notified polling station officials, he was told that the men were on security duty.

Election propaganda songs have been blasting out of speakers in many urban areas in Burma since 5am today. Ballot stations opened at 6am. And yesterday evening authorities in Rangoon took to the streets with loudspeakers to encourage people to vote.

One source told DVB that the announcement included an order not to bring pens, telephones or cameras into the polling booths.

A woman in Tenasserim division’s Kawthaung township said that residents there were ordered by the ward’s Election Commission to cast their votes yesterday evening, and were told only to vote for the USDP.

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