Army barracks off-limits for election campaigning

Army barracks off-limits for election campaigning

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye has disallowed political parties from campaigning in military barracks in the lead-up to the general elections later this year.

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“Political parties will not be allowed to enter military bases for campaigning purposes, but they can use other methods,” Tin Aye said, speaking to reporters at a recent Naypyidaw election workshop.

However, the chairman did not elaborate on what ‘other methods’ might entail.

As the second largest military force in Southeast Asia, the Burmese army is estimated to employ approximately 500,000 troops. In addition to those servicemen, the barracks and military compounds also frequently house soldiers’ family members.

Political parties were not allowed to enter military bases at either of the two previous elections in 2010 and 2012.

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