Advanced voting began this morning for expatriate Burmese in Singapore. Hundreds are reported to have lined up outside the embassy to cast ballots for the 8 November general election, making them the first voters in what could be the most free and fair election in recent Burmese history.
An estimated 250,000 Burmese nationals live and work in Singapore.
Burmese nationals may vote at the embassy from 15– 18 October. In Thailand, advance voting takes place at the Burmese embassy in Bangkok on 17 October only.
However, according to Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye, only some 18,000 of around two million Burmese living overseas have applied for advance voting for the upcoming election.
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