Youth in Myanmar’s 2020 Elections


About the Webinar

On November 8, over 37 million eligible voters of Myanmar’s 55 million populace will head to the polls in the country’s third general election since its 2008 Constitution and transition to an elected government. This time around, over 5 million first-time voters – equivalent to 10% of the entire country – aged 18 to 22 are also estimated to be included, highlighting Myanmar’s youth. With a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and strict social-distancing measures in places, candidates are now leaning towards virtual campaigns on social media, where yet again around 80% of all social media users in Myanmar are between the ages of 18 and 35.

This webinar by Alex Aung Khant, Executive Director of Urbanize, a local policy institute on urban and regional planning, and former independent candidate for the 2019 Yangon municipal elections, will focus on the topic on youth and elections in Myanmar.

About the Speaker

Alex Aung Khant is Executive Director for Urbanize, a local think-tank on urban and regional planning. In 2020, Urbanize was selected as the local research partner by JICA for the review of the Strategic Urban Development Plan of Greater Yangon. In 2019, Aung Khant ran as an independent candidate in the elections for the administrative body of Yangon, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). The YCDC elections were the first local elections with universal suffrage, and Aung Khant was the first candidate in Myanmar to publicly release all his campaign expenditures online. At 25 years of age then, he was the youngest candidate and came second overall.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.

Limited spaces only, register early to avoid disappointment.To join the webinar,
1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
2. Set up a Zoom account, using the following link:
3. Click on the unique link in your email.

For the best experience, please mute your microphone. If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speaker during the Q&A session.


Oct 01 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am