Burma’s Union Election Commission rejected suggestions by opposition MPs to postpone the November election amid concerns over voter list irregularities.
Parliament has announced that a national referendum on a constitutional amendment will be held alongside the general elections slated for later this year.
Residents of 18 Arakaense towns drive their point home, as protests are held against white card voting rights despite government already backtracking.
Naypyidaw has advised that non-citizens will have their white cards expire on 31 March 2015, despite a parliamentary decision to allow holders to vote in an upcoming referendum.
Arakan and civil society groups plan protests as parliament votes to allow temporary citizens, including many Rohingya, the right to vote in the referendum.
A sense of cautious optimism is emerging with respect to the upcoming “sexpartite” talks on constitutional reform, which will be held on Friday in Naypyidaw.