December 21, 2016

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Election postponement impossible due to flooding despite constitutional mandate: UEC

Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye meets Ms Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur.
Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye meets Ms Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur.

The recent flooding across Myanmar cannot lead to the postponement of the general elections, which is around 90 days away, despite the constitutional mandate to do so, Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye told Ms Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, at his office on Thursday morning.
When asked about erroneous electorate registers, the chairman reaffirmed that the flawed lists cannot deprive voters of their rights to vote if there is someone to advocate their eligibility.
Speaking of early voting, he said that the list of early voters will be pinned on noticeboards in polling stations and that early votes will be counted after the polls close at 4 pm. “Under the election rules and regulations, early votes that arrive after the polls close are regarded as invalid.”
Negotiations are still under way whether to let observers and correspondents in the polls at military bases, with Union Election Commission urging military commands to have the polls outside. According to U Tin Aye, green cards holders are not allowed to cast votes in elections. Ms Yanghee Lee met with Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs U Thant Kyaw at the ministry.
They discussed the promotion of human rights and the signing of human right treaties. She later met with Deputy Minister for Defence Commodore Aung Thaw and held discussions on the peace process, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and prevention of the recruitment of children as soldiers. She also met with Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Ko Ko, Deputy Minister Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint and Attorney-General of the Union Dr Tun Shin separately before meeting legal, economic and political advisors to the president.
Ms Lee and party proceeded to Yangon after the meetings.

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