On November 8, PACE deployed 1,888 short-term-observers to polling stations in all 14 states/regions to observe the election-day process of the 2020 general elections. From reports received thus far, most PACE observers have been able to observe the process. PACE received isolated reports of observers not being able to enter the polling stations initially, but those incidents have been resolved with the exception of two observers. PACE is reaching out to both the state/region sub-commissions and the Union Election Commission (UEC) to ensure full access for observers to the process.
Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint of PACE said, “we would like to highlight the efforts of polling station officials and sub-commissions to open polling stations on time and to implement COVID-19 prevention measures. At the same time, we want to emphasize that it is important to make sure that all polling station officials follow the UEC’s guidelines and procedures for the remainder of the process, including voting and counting.”