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Myanmar’s military government is planning to hold a fresh general election in August 2023, junta chief Min Aung Hlaing was quoted as saying on state-broadcaster MRTV on Thursday.

“Depending on state stability and peace, we are making our utmost effort to hold a multiparty general election in August 2023,” the junta chief said at a meeting with heads and teachers at military universities in Yangon, according to the report.

The top general earlier extended an initial timeline for the new election after the election body annulled last year’s poll results that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide. He also pledged to hold a free and fair election after lifting the state of emergency by August 2023.

The junta chief urged the people of Myanmar to cooperate in the process of issuing national registration cards to those eligible to ensure citizens’ right to vote. Only 25% of the process has been completed so far, he said. It’s still unclear if Rohingya minorities in Rakhine state will be allowed to vote in the fresh election.

The general said the regime had tried to talk to political parties several times but some of them didn’t come to meetings with junta-appointed election officials. Plans are underway to take actions against those who didn’t act in accordance with the laws, he added.

Since the military toppled the civilian government in February with allegations of voter fraud, contrary to international observers’ findings, junta troops killed at least 1,365 people while more than 11,100 others have been arrested so far, according to rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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