Social media in Myanmar elections

Posted on December 20, 2015  /  0 Comments

Still waiting for a systematic account, but until then, here’s a journalistic account that quotes our friend Nay Phone Latt and has a picture of him in his constituency office.

Facebook has been an obvious choice for most, and the National League for Democracy, or NLD, which won a landslide victory over the Union Solidarity and Development Party, or USDP, has been particularly successful at leveraging social media as a tool.

“That was how I communicated with my people and my constituency, mostly through these accounts. People would send me questions, responses and opinions via my Facebook page and account,” said Nay Phone Latt, a newly elected Yangon Region lawmaker for the NLD.

“One of my friends called it ‘the silent revolution.’ We don’t have an armed force, but it’s an ideological revolution,” said the one-time political prisoner and dissident blogger from Thingangyun Township constituency.

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