|Rakhine State is the home to most of Myanmar's white card holders. A trishaw drives along the main road during the curfew time following communal violence in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, June 17, 2012. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
Temporary ID card or white card holders in Rakhine State say they will hand over their white cards to the relevant authorities only if they get a similar ID card to take the place of the white cards.
|U Kyaw Min, chairman of the Democracy and Human Rights Party, speaks at a press conference in 2014 in Yangon. Photo: Thein Zaw/Facebook|
The Democracy and Human Rights Party has expelled more than 1,000 members who are temporary identification card holders because the right of these “white card” holders to be political party members has been removed, the party chairman U Kyaw Min told Mizzima on February 17.
Last week two seemingly unrelated events attracted the attention of this writer. The first was the announcement in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar that the temporary ID documents known as white cards will expire at the end of March and those who hold them will lose their voting rights.
|Dr Aye Maung (C), chairman of the Rakhine National Party, arrives back at Yangon International Airport after a week-long visit to Malaysia, on February 7, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
Nay Pyi Taw – Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that parliament’s decision to allow temporary identity card holders to vote in an upcoming referendum on amending the constitution is unconstitutional.
|A woman carries a placard during a protest over what is claimed to be the government's ambiguous position over "white card" holders, in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, February 15, 2015. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
Residents in 17 townships in Rakhine State staged a protest on February 15 against what they termed the 'ambiguous statement' by the government on temporary citizen identity cards.