Statement on the Myanmar election

  • Statement
12 November 2020

Myanmar’s peaceful election was an important milestone in the country’s democratic transition.

Australia will continue to support Myanmar’s progress towards full democracy and encourages the incoming Government of Myanmar to ensure Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities can participate fully in democratic processes. We hope that open and inclusive by-elections will be held at the earliest opportunity in areas where voting was cancelled.

Our support through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) assisted the preparation and conduct of the election, including supporting COVID-safe polling. Australia worked closely with civil society partners on inclusiveness and voter education focussed on women, youth, people with disabilities, LBGTQI communities and diverse ethnic and religious communities.

Australia is committed to our partnership with Myanmar in the pursuit of economic and social development and equal rights for all.

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