Myanmar citizens in Singapore commence voting; city state sends COVID-19 support
Myanmar citizens in Singapore who are eligible to cast early votes for the upcoming November election started doing so at the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Singapore on October 1, said Ko Aung Paing of Let’s Go Vote, a group that aims to showcase and amplify the efforts of civil society organisations across Myanmar to promote inclusive civic and voter education.
A total of 800 out of the 20226 Myanmar citizens in Singapore are eligible to cast early votes at the embassy between October 1 and October 18.
The embassy is expecting 200 voters over the weekend and up to 100 voters a day for the rest of the week, Ko Aung Paing said.
To avoid crowds, the voters must make advanced appointments before arriving at the embassy.
Those who fail to show up to vote at the specific date and time set by appointment will not have a second chance to do so due to COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure the votes are sent back to the Myanmar Union Election Commission in time.
The Myanmar authorities are raising efforts to contain a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the country ahead of the election, which is scheduled for November 8.
On October 2, the country had reported 1142 positive cases of COVID-19, taking the total case count in access of 15,000. More than 4000 have recovered and 353 have died.
Earlier in the day, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan telephoned State Counsellor DawAung San Suu Kyi to convey that the Singapore government will be sending an additional 25,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests, one million surgical masks and 200,000 bottles of hand sanitiser to Myanmar.
In March, when the first cases of COVID-19 first broke out in Myanmar, Singapore sent two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, 3,000 diagnostic tests and other medical supplies to help Myanmar respond to COVID-19.
The two leaders reaffirmed the strong ties between Singapore and Myanmar and agreed that ASEAN should cooperate to keep economies open and connected during the post pandemic period.
They expressed support for ASEAN to intensify cooperation with other countries on the research, development, production and distribution of vaccines against COVID-19.