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Myanmar junta begins pilot census in 20 townships across country

The Myanmar junta stated on Sunday {that a} pilot census in 20 townships throughout the divided nation had begun, a transfer critics fear shall be used to tighten surveillance of opponents.

The navy has justified its coup in 2021 with unproven prices of intensive fraud within the 2020 elections, which civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) simply received.

Officers from the Junta have said {that a} nationwide census should be accomplished earlier than new elections, which the administration has intimated could happen round 2025.

“We will conduct [a census] from October 1 to 15, 2023, in 20 townships selected in Naypyidaw and other states and regions,” the assertion stated, referring to the military-built capital however with out specifying which areas can be concerned.

“These 20 townships will be a sample,” it stated.

State media reported the pilot had began within the Karen, Bago, and Mandalay areas.

There was no indication from the navy the place in these areas, which have all seen current preventing between the junta and its opponents, the pilot would happen.

It comes forward of a nationwide census in 2024, state media stated.

Critics say the junta will use the census to step up monitoring of opponents of its coup, together with 1000’s of civil servants, docs and lecturers who haven’t returned to work in protest.

The Southeast Asian nation stays deeply divided by battle, with civilians caught up in near-daily bomb blasts and preventing. The navy has acknowledged it doesn’t totally management sure areas.

Greater than 1.6 million individuals are additionally at the moment displaced by the violence that has riven the nation for the reason that coup, in keeping with the United Nations.

America has stated any elections below the junta can be a “sham”, whereas analysts say polls can be focused by the navy’s opponents and spark additional bloodshed.

Russia has stated it backs the generals’ plan for polls and its election fee signed a memorandum on “cooperation in election activities” with Myanmar final month.

Whereas there was no point out of it within the assertion, Myanmar has stated it intends to roll out an digital identification system.

Officers stated the scheme will gather “biographic data and the biometric data of citizens aged 10 years and above”.

Ministers requested China — a serious ally, arms provider and operator of a sprawling inside surveillance community — for assist final month implementing the programme.



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