DMG compiled the opinions of some of the candidates who had prepared to compete for seats in Pauktaw Township, only to be told of the nixed polls earlier this month.

With the election just weeks away, DMG reporters Khin Tharaphy Oo and Min Tun spoke exclusively with some of the candidates who were supposed to contest in the cancelled constituencies, to hear their thoughts on what the future holds for Arakan State’s politics and its people.

DMG spoke to Dr. Myo Nyunt, a spokesman for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), about the recent cancellation of elections in several Arakan State constituencies.

Against this backdrop, DMG journalist Khaing Roe La recently interviewed Dr. Min Zaw Oo, executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, about the conflict’s opposing sides, the impacts of war on the people of Arakan State, and prospects for peace.

DMG reporter Khin Tharaphy Oo recently interviewed several women contesting the 2020 election in Arakan State about why they decided to run, the challenges they are facing in this highly unconventional election year, and what they will prioritise if they win. 

With a new generation set to exercise its franchise, DMG reporter Khin Tharaphy Oo recently interviewed several youths in Arakan State about what they are looking for in a candidate this election year. 

With thousands more displaced in just the past few weeks, DMG reporter Min Tun interviewed IDPs in three Arakan State townships to find out what kind of government they want to see emerge from the 2020 election.

Three students from the Arakan Students’ Union who protested outside the compound of the Arakan State government offices were arrested on September 9 and remanded under Section 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law, a provision that carries with it a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

DMG reporter Khaing Roe La recently interviewed Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win, vice chair of the Karen National Union, about Myanmar’s peace process, with the discussion touching on progress made, challenges facing the negotiations and hopes for peace between the government and ethnic armed groups.

Given the mixed results to date, DMG reporter Khaing Roe La asked five stakeholders to compare and contrast Myanmar’s peace process under the previous government and the current administration.


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Report on Arakan from January to April 2021
2020: An Arakan Year in Review
Six takeaways from the Arakan State elections

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