Two days before the election, the Military Affairs Security Unit (Sa Ya Pha) directed all townships in Mon state to shut down the phone lines from 3 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday.
According to a Thai phone owner form Mudon Township, the military is worried that election information will spread to other towns and even outside of Burma. Because of this, the country has shut down both the local phone lines and Thai phone lines within Burma.
Many citizens possess Thai cordless phones within Burma, and the Sa Ya Pha directed the telephone operating towers placed in the mountains, which connect villagers Thai cordless phones to phones in Thailand and vice-versa, that the towers need to shut down for the elections.
“We will have to turn off the [phone] lines now. After the elections they will reopen. The Burmese authorities do not want us to communicate with each other,” the Thai phone owner explained.
According to a female phone owner from Lamine Sub-Township, Ye Township, the Township Election Committee has ordered some township to close phone lines just for election day. “The phone lines have to close, and I’ve also heard the big market in Lamine Town must close as well,” she added.
Some residents in villages north and west of Ye Town have also reported a ban on travel to plantations, farms, and public transportation services.
She explained, “The Election Commission has told us not to go out today or tomorrow, and after the election they will give us permission to go out.”
ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲမတိုင္ခင္ ႏွစ္ရက္တြင္ စ၇ပ မြန္ျပည္နယ္ရွိ ျမိဳ႕နယ္မ်ားအားလံုးအား စေနေန႕တြင္ ညေန ၃နာရီတြင္ႏွင့္ တနဂၤေႏြေန႕တစ္ေန႕လံုး ဖုန္းလိုင္းမ်ားပို ျဖတ္ေတာက္ထားရန္ ညႊန္ၾကားခဲ့သည္။ စစ္တပ္မွ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲႏွင့္ဆိုင္ေသာ သတင္းအခ်က္အလက္မ်ားျမိဳ႕ျပင္ႏွင့္ ျပည္ပသို႕ ျပန္႕ႏွံ႕မည္ကို စိုးရမ္ေနၾကေၾကာင္း၊ ထို႕ေၾကာင့္ပင္ ေဒသတြင္းဖုန္းလိုင္းႏွင့္ ထိုင္းဖုန္းလိုင္ကိုပါ ျဖတ္ေတာက္ပစ္ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း မုဒံုရွိ ထိုင္းဖုန္းပိုင္ရွင္တစ္ဦးမွေျပာသည္။