Thousands of Myanmar nationals queue to vote at embassy on Saturday; line stretches to Orange Grove Rd

Myanmar nationals in the queue at Tanglin Road on Saturday.
Myanmar nationals in the queue at Tanglin Road on Saturday.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
A man giving out sweets and tissue paper to others in the queue on Oct 15.
A man giving out sweets and tissue paper to others in the queue on Oct 15.ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

SINGAPORE - Snaking queues outside the Myanmar embassy off Tanglin Road were seen again on Saturday, as the country's nationals lined up to cast their advance votes for the Nov 8 election.

The Straits Times understands that many in the queue are unhappy after they were told at noon that tokens would be given out only to the first 3,000 in line. People could only vote if they had a token.

Another batch of 3,000 tokens to vote on Sunday (Oct 18) was later given out.

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Photos on social media showed many waiting in line, with the queue stretching past Shangri-La Hotel along Orange Grove Road. One tweet said that some had queued from as early as 1am outside the St Martin's Drive embassy.


The token that will be given only to 3,000 people in the queue.   ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Similar queues were seen since Thursday. Hundreds turned up, Agence France-Presse reported, with many waiting patiently in the sun as the line stretched down Tanglin Road. They had turned up from as early as 5am, volunteers said.

 

About 20,000 Myanmar nationals had submitted requests for early voting, the country's media said. Voting in Singapore will continue until Sunday (Oct 18).

For many Myanmar nationals, this general election is the first time they can have a say over who governs their nation after decades locked in the military's grip.

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