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CAFFE PROJECT Public Consultation in 14 Township Report (2020) (Thailand) Migrant Rights to Vote Report Voters’ Education Report 2020 Election Monitoring Report

Civic Action for Free and Fair Election (CAFFE) Project has been a coordinating project among Mon CSOs, Rehmonnya Institute for Civic Engagement (RICE), Jee-pyah Civic Society Development Organization (JCSDO), Mon Youth Progressive Organization (MYPO), Konhongsar and Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM), and they have actively involved in the activities from public consultations on elections to voters’ education and then election observations. CAFFE Project Team targeted areas in southern Burma/Myanmar are 14 Townships, mainly targeting 10 Townships in Mon State, 3 Townships in Karen State, and 1 Township in Tharninthayi (Tenasserim Division). CAFFE Project has conducted election monitoring since early…

As of August 2019, Myanmar population’s is 54,768,641 people according to the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population department issued on 1st August 2019. Myanmar has 37.4 million eligible voters as stated by the UEC on 18 December 2019. This also included 4 million of eligible voters overseas. The majority of Myanmar migrants living in Thailand lost the opportunity to vote in the 2015 election because they did not have access to information about voting in advance. Only 600 Myanmar migrant workers cast advance votes in Thailand in the 2015 election. The Thai government has tried to eliminate illegal migrant…

Civic Action for Free and Fair Election Project (CAFFE Project) was conducted by Mon State-based civil society organizations (CSOs) including JCSDO, MYPO, HURFOM, Konhongsar, and RICE. The CAFFE project group was divided into five public consultation teams: the RICE Consultation Team, JCSDO Consultation Team, MYPO Consultation Team, Kon Hongsar Consultation Team, and HURFOM Consultation Team. Each individual team held public consultations and collected data from focus group discussions (FGDs) and key informants’ interviews (KIIs) in fourteen townships between February and March 2020. The Public consultations were stopped for almost two months as the first wave of the COVID-19 began in…