Myanmar Citizens line up in Singapore to cast advance Votes
By Associate Press
Oct 18 SINGAPORE – Hundreds of Myanmar nationals were lining up in Singapore to cast advance ballots in the country’s Nov. 8 parliamentary election.
The large turnout has overwhelmed the embassy staff, prompting officials to extend voting that was supposed to end Sunday by three days.
The election is believed to be formerly junta-ruled country’s best chance in decades at relatively free and credible polls.
Seeking better earning opportunities, many Myanmar nationals have taken up jobs in nearby countries such as Singapore.
One such 26-year-old man standing in line, Than Han, said voters hope for a “very big change” in the country.
Most observers believe Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy will win the most seats in parliament, and could control a majority by forming a coalition with smaller parties.
Source: Associate Press (AP)