Elderly persons start advance voting in Yangon Region

Elderly persons in Yangon Region cast their advance votes for 2020 General Election in home-based method voting in Yangon yesterday.
Chairperson of Dawbon Township Election Sub-Commission U Myo San said, “Advance voting in Dawbon Township began at 8 am today by using mobile ballot boxes from home to home of the elderly persons. A member of ward election sub-commission and head or deputy head of polling station were included home-based voting method from 8 am to 6 pm. There are some 70,000 voters including nearly 10,000 elderly voters in Dawbon Township.”
The senior voters could cast their ballots through mobile ballot boxes until 5 November.
Seventy-three-year-old voter U Kyin Aye of Myoma (South) Ward from Thanlyin Township said, “Officials from ward election commission came to home for advance voting. To prevent from COVID-19, I wear a face mask when they come. All of the election officials also wear masks and gloves. I want to ask other persons to vote not to lose their precious voting rights.”
U Khin Maung Aye from Sittoung Yeikmon Housing of Dagon Myothit Seikan Township, Yangon Region, said, “ I cast ballots at the designated polling station this evening. I took my voting number and ID card when I went to the polling station. The voting process is transparent. Face masks and gloves were worn to prevent from COVID-19.”
Advance voting of the people from quarantine centres and elderly persons began at the designated places and at houses with mobile ballot boxes.
Relevant election sub-commissions provided COVID-19 preventive supplies for the voters.
Chairperson of Election Sub-commission in Dawbon Township said, “To prevent from COVID-19 infection, the advance voters were asked to wear masks and to wash their hands with hand sanitizers. Election officials also wore gloves, face masks and face shields”.
A total of 5,809 polling stations were set up, and over 50,000 election officials were assigned in Yangon Region for 2020 General Election.
There are 295 Pyithu Hluttaw candidates, 69 Amyotha Hluttaw candidates, 295 Hluttaw candidates for Constituency 1, 277 Hluttaw candidates for Constituency 2, 7 Hluttaw candidates for Kayin Ethnic Affairs, 6 Hluttaw candidates for Rakhine Ethnic Affairs, and 32 independent Hluttaw candidates who will contest in 2020 General Election.
Yangon Region Election Commission has recorded 5.6 million eligible voters in the region for the upcoming elections, increased by nearly 600,000 voters in comparing with the figures of 2015 General Election.—Min Thit (MNA) (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)

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