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New apps aim to ensure credible vote

Supporters of the opposition NLD point their phones at party leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she takes to the stage at the party's final Yangon rally on Nov. 1 (Photo by Simon Roughneen)

YANGON -- During the weeks leading up to Myanmar's Nov. 8 elections, some of Yangon's tech set decided to do something about the mix of disinformation and disinterest they perceived among many of their peers -- despite the country's first fair election in a quarter century being just weeks away.

Aimed at getting the word out about the vote, and about the candidates, recent weeks have seen a flourishing new crop of smartphone and social media-based applications -- on the back of a communications revolution in a country that was mostly cut off from the outside world during five decades of army rule.

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