December 15, 2016

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DON’T BE MISLED: UEC — UEC sole source of election results: chairman

A voter casts an advance vote for the general election on November 8 at a polling station in Bago yesterday.
A voter casts an advance vote for the general election on November 8 at a polling station in Bago yesterday.

The only authoritative source for general election results, which will take place on Sunday, is the Union Election Commission, said the commission’s chairman yesterday.
During a meeting with local broadcast media in Nay Pyi Taw, Union Election Commission (UEC) Chairman U Tin Aye said there is a likelihood that wins and losses will be posted on social media networks after individuals obtain publically available information from polling stations. However he cautioned that such information should not be treated as confirmation.
Votes will be tallied at polling stations at township and district sub-election commissions. The registration of valid votes will also take place at these commission centres, the chairman added.
Region and state sub-election commissions will scrutinise results registered at the township and district level, U Tin Aye said.
He went on to say that the UEC’s election results scrutinising committee will undertake a final scrutiny of results before issuing public announcements.
The UEC will set up a media centre at its office in Nay Pyi Taw and an information centre at Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon will perform the same function.
Representatives from Myanma Radio and Television, Myawady TV, the News and Periodicals Enterprise, Forever Group, MITV and Skynet attended yesterday’s meeting.
U Tin Aye received a Chinese delegation of election observers led by Mr Sun Guoxiong at the UEC office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to discuss preparations underway for the general election.

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