Villagers In Southern Shan State Pressured To Vote For USDP

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The Pa-O National Army (PNA) has begun collecting names for a voters’ list and pressuring residents of southern Shan State to vote for the military’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the 2023 national elections.

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A man who spoke to SHAN on condition of anonymity said the soldiers have been going from village to village in Pinlaung and Nyaung Shwe townships since 6 September.

PNA militia men
PNA militia men

“They’re forcing people who’re at least 18 years old to give their names. Even though many would prefer not to participate, they have weapons and are threatening people,” said the 30-year-old, who expects them to start collecting names next in Hsihseng and Hopon townships.

In the 2010 race, the PNA also collected names for a voters’ register and told them to vote for the USPD.

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