While the outcome of the by-elections will not affect the balance of power within the parliament, it offers a chance to gauge the popularity of the administration.
Wa Lone and Simon Lewis
The panel urged the government to reconsider a failed programme to verify Rohingyas for Myanmar citizenship.
Human rights monitors and a leader of the mostly stateless Rohingya told Reuters the move risked sharpening intercommunal tensions in the region.
Eight Rohingya women, all from U Shey Kya village in Rakhine State, described in detail how soldiers last week raided their homes, looted property and raped them at gun point.