Marginalised ethnic minority groups in conflict-plagued regions of Myanmar, will be excluded in their homelands from the vote in next month's national elections.
Nearly two million people will now be disenfranchised by the election commission which has announced a long list of constituencies where voting will not take place.
More than a million voters will be disenfranchised in Rakhine alone as well as hundreds of thousands in other states across the country -- notably in Shan, Kachin and Karen.
The election commission is wholly appointed by the government.
The commission is "blatantly denying minorities representation", said Kyaw Win of Burma Human Rights Network.