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Myanmar has 30 million eligible voters

world Updated: Jul 01, 2010 17:08 IST
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About 30 million of Myanmar's 59 million people will be eligible to vote in the country's first elections in two decades, a report said on Thursday.

The Immigration and Population Ministry collected data through the end of 2009 showing the population is now 59.12 million, the biweekly Eleven journal reported.

Of the total population, 30.74 million are age 18 or older, the journal said. Voting age in Myanmar is 18.

Myanmar's population was listed as 35.3 million in the last official census sponsored by the United Nations in 1983. The population is growing by roughly 2 percent a year, the journal said.

The elections planned for later this year will be the first since 1990. Critics call the polls a sham designed to cement nearly 50 years of military rule. The junta has not yet announced an election date.