|Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn. Photo: Mizzima|
Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn has warned international NGOs in Rakhine State not to interfere in affairs related to the “anti-white card campaign” and the process of revoking the temporary identification cards.
|A Rakhine woman reads a campaign flyer saying "We don't accept parliament decision on White Card issue" in front of a shop in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, February 6, 2015. Nationalist groups including Buddhist monks in Myanmar had expressed opposition to an earlier parliament decision granting people without full Myanmar citizenship the chance to vote in a referendum, a decision overturned February 11 when the government announced the withdrawal of white ID cards by March 31. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
The Myanmar government issued a statement on February 11 saying temporary ID cards will expire on March 31, effectively blocking those without full citizenship, including Muslim Rohingya, from voting in an upcoming constitutional referendum.
|Civic groups in Rakhine State are protesting against "white card" holders being given the opportunity to vote in a referendum over changing the constitution. Here, in an earlier protest, Rakhine ethnic people hold the Myanmar national flag, Buddhist flag, banners and placards during a protest march in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, June 12, 2014. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
The Rakhine Women’s Network and other Rakhine activists have announced they will stage a protest against parliament’s decision to allow “white card” holders to vote in a national referendum by hoisting Buddhist flags at homes.
|Dr Aye Maung, chairman of the Rakhine National Party. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
Nay Pyi Taw – The chairman of the Rakhine National Party said he will seek a ruling from the constitutional tribunal on parliament's February 2 approval to give white-card holders voter rights.
|A view of parliament building in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, November 6, 2010. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA|
Parliament has approved voting rights for white-card holders ahead of the national referendum on the constitution.