Silence demonstration on election day in Maungdaw

Rohingya community from Maungdaw called a silence demonstration on election day (November 8) by not running their transporting business and siting inside their residence, said Rakib, a villager from Maungdaw.  Transporting business – Rickshaws, trucks, buses and private cars –  are not running on the road and the busy Maungdaw main road was silence and Rakhine community and Hindu community are only on the road to cast their vote in the voting center, Rakib more said.

Most of the vehicles in Maungdaw owned by Rohingya community and they stop their business on election day as the authority had always used their vehicles as some requisitioned vehicles. So, the owner stopped to come out on the road and the Rohingya community sit in their home which seen no one on the road, said Halim. A human rights watchdog from Maungdaw.

The Maungdaw high level authority – Maungdaw district and township admin officers and District election commissioner- ordered through local admin officers to Rohingya community not come out on the road on election day, Halim more added.

I need every day to work for my family survival, but today I don’t want to go out to work where my voting rights was denied, said Anwer, a rickshaw puller from Maungdaw.

Rohingya community had lost first time their voting rights since Burma independence and the community didn’t want any untoward problems between Rohingya community and Rakhine community, said Ashique, a businessman from Maungdaw.

Election commissioner had ordered to police department to requisition some vehicles during the election campaign start time to till November 6, where the police only picked up the Rohingya owned vehicles, said Mohamed Anis, an owner of vehicles.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have been excluded from voting, in first time, and the poll didn’t hold in many minority border areas, Rafique, an elder from Maungdaw north.

“It’s my first time not voting in Burma’s elections. I have been voting since   Burma’s independence. I know Rohingyas have the rights to vote and to be elected in all the elections held in Burma”, Rafique said.

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