Myanmar seeks complete census before next election


Myanmar's ruling junta has begun a pilot census in 20 townships across the country, and has said that a national census needs to be completed in 2024 before new elections take place, which could be in 2025. Critics warn that the census will be used to increase surveillance of opponents, including protesting civil servants, doctors, and teachers. Myanmar also intends to roll out an electronic identification system and has asked China for help in designing it.

Publication: ABC News

Publication date: 2023-10-02

Writer: ABC News

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