Two town elders in Rathedaung Township, Arakan State, were abducted by an unidentified armed group on October 21, according to locals.

Shark and ray populations off the Arakan State coast have declined due to overfishing, according to local residents and organisations engaged in marine conservation. 

 

Due to local travel restrictions, a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) called Sasana Beikman in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township is facing food shortages, according to camp inhabitants. 

A landmine blast killed one member of the security forces and injured four others in Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township on October 21, according to local residents.

Two sexagenarians succumbed to COVID-19 at Sittwe General Hospital this week, bringing the statewide death toll from the disease to 14, according to Dr. Soe Win Paing, assistant director of the Arakan State Public Health Department.  

The Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) said in a statement on October 19 that the failure to hold the general elections in non-conflict areas in Arakan State would deprive local people of their right to vote.

Police have opened a case against four students who were arrested on October 19 after staging a protest against the government and military in the Arakan State capital Sittwe.

Union Election Commission member U Myint Naing said it had obtained opinions and remarks from the Union Government, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Home Affairs to mark and announce the townships not holding election.

A resident of Yokethar village in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township who was recently arrested by the Tatmadaw has been handed over to the Kyauktaw Myoma police station, according to family members of the detainee. 

More than 1.2 million people in Arakan State will miss out on the chance to vote in this year’s general election due to a Union Election Commission (UEC) announcement last week detailing constituencies where the polls will not be held.  

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