Township Land Management Committee abolishes Form #7: Locals worried land grabbing by company will follow

August 19, 2020

HURFOM: Rumours are circulating that an offshore supply base will be constructed in Yaw Thit Damin Seik, Andin village, Ye Township, in Mon State.

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Low matriculation exam pass rates for MNEC students: Calls for more night study by students and improvements to MNEC administration and teacher training

August 15, 2020

HURFOM: In the 2019-2020 academic year, out of  the 3 Mon National High Schools, only 12 of 144 students passed their matriculation exam.

In the Andin Mon National High School, 51 students sat for their matriculation exam and only five passed. The successful students were the ones who regularly joined in the extra-class programs run at night.

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MUP says, Union Peace Conference should be held only after the election

August 15, 2020


HURFOM: In order to address the “Union Accord Part 3”, of the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), the Union government, the Burmese military and the ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) have agreed to hold the 4th Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong over 3 days,  from August 19 to 21, 2020.

Not everyone is in agreement with this decision.  Nai Tala Nyi, a spokesperson with the Mon Unity Party (MUP) believes the conference should be held after the 2020 election.

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Non-Burmese people lose ethnic representation rights when registered as “Bamar”

August 14, 2020

HURFOM: Non-Burmese people living outside their ethnic region or in a  self-administered area were widely registered as “Burman” (or Bamar) by the Immigration and National Registration Department, meaning they have lost their ethnic representation rights.

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Many errors in voter list forces UEC to extend declaration period

August 12, 2020

HURFOM: On August 6, 2020, the Union Election Commission (UEC) announced the declaration period (verification of names) of the voter list will be extended for another 7 days – from August 8 to 14.

The reason for the extension, given by the sub-election commissions, is because there are too many errors in the initial voter list.

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Government must improve cooperation with local rescue teams in response to natural disasters

August 8, 2020

HURFOM: In 2019, due to heavy rains, floods seriously impacted Kyaikmayaw, Mawlamyine and Ye Townships of Mon State leaving thousands of people affected. A landslide at Ma Latt Mount near Thel Phyu Gone village, Paung Township killed more than 70 people.

Natural disasters like these often occur in the rainy season, and according to the Chair of Mawlamyine Emergency Response Team, U Bo Bo Win, the Mon State government must improve efforts to cooperate with local rescue teams.

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Thousands of Ye Chaung Phya residents excluded from voter list

August 8, 2020

HURFOM: Most of the residents in villages in the Ye Chaung Phya region, Kyaung Yaw village track, Ye Township, of Mon State have been excluded from the July 25th voter list.

This region is under the control of the New Mon State Party (NMSP). 

Residents fear they may lose their voting rights in the upcoming 2020 general election. 

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Locals make 4 demands related to mining operation of Balae Kha Boi Mountain in Ma Gyi village

August 7, 2020

HURFOM: Myanmar Shwe Aykarit Mining Company Ltd has plans to conduct exploratory mining at Balae Kha Boi Mountain in Ma Gyi village, southern Ye Township, Mon State, to assess its development potential of natural resources.

In response a local community based organization, called Mon Area Community Development Organization (MACDO) and local youth have cooperated to release a report titled “Socioeconomic Research in Balae Kha Boi”.

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30% of residents in remote areas do not have National Registration Cards – impacting their right to vote

August 6, 2020

HURFOM: The Civic Action for Free and Fair Election 2020 Project (CAFFE Project) has found that 30 percent of residents in remote areas do not have National Registration Cards.  Without the NRC it is difficult to exercise voting rights.

CAFFE conducted a survey in nine townships in Mon and Karen States and Tenasserim Division, specifically areas  under the  control of Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) as well as villages with Internally Displaced Person (IDP’s) that resulted in these findings. 

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Interest in the election and voters list accuracy is limited

July 30, 2020

HURFOM: With the public release of the initial 2020 voters list, interest amongst voters appears to be low.  Only 4,000 voters have come to check the list in the last 4 days.

There are 208,000 eligible voters in Ye Township and less than 2% have  come out to verify if their names are on the list.  The initial list is open for the electorate to review from July 25 to August 20 in order to determine if there are errors. 

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