In Myanmar campaign, face-to-face still beats Facebook

Al Jazeera joins female ruling party candidate as she meets voters on the campaign trail.

Ted Regencia | | Politics, Asia Pacific, Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, Elections

North Dagon Township, Myanmar – Scouring for every single vote she could get in Sunday’s poll, Zarchi Linn walks the streets of her district with women volunteers, to distribute campaign materials.

Trudging from house to house to introduce herself to voters, Linn juggles calls on her two smartphones, coordinating her next stop.

There is no budget for a campaign manager. With only a few more days left before the election, the 35-year-old trained mathematician has to divide her time to meet as many supporters as she can.

A man in a white sleeveless shirt and traditional longyi skirt emerges from his wooden house to greet her. Handing him a sample ballot, Linn answers his questions while showing him how to use an ink stamp, to mark the spot bearing the name of the candidate he is supporting.

As she leaves, she flashes a smile hinting she got his vote. Read the full article on AlJaZeera »

Only 15 percent of the candidates in Myanmar's parliamentary elections are women [Ted Regencia/Al Jazeera]