August 19, 2016

Election postponement in some townships is not unilateral decision

THE postponement of the general elections in some townships did not arise from a unilateral decision made by the Union Election Commission, its chairman told a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning. U Tin Aye said that the decision was made at the request of electoral candidates in Hsipaw township as well as from the Shan State government and election commissions. They requested the Union Election Commission postpone the upcoming election in some zones of the region citing unstable conditions there.
“The ballot papers are kept in secure places like local police stations and banks,” the chairman said, adding that political parties should organize and manage their supporters in line with the code of conduct for political parties and candidates.
Political parties including the National Unity Party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, the National League for Democracy, the Myanmar Farmers Development Party and the National Development Party raised queries about the upcoming elections scheduled to be held on 8 November.
On election day, any gathering of people holding or wearing party emblems is prohibited within 500 yards of all polling stations. In his concluding remarks Chairman U Tin Aye stressed the responsibility of the winning party to strive for national development and the need for other parties to render cooperation when the government is announced.
The Union Election Commission released an announcement yesterday in regards to advanced voting. Arrangements are under way to ensure that students, trainees, military personnel and their families who will be out of their constituencies, prisoners and patients in hospital reserve and retain their right to vote and are given the opportunity to do so. These groups are entitled to vote in advance through contact with Myanmar civil and military diplomats on specific dates and at designated embassies and via military attachés. The polling stations of these townships will accept early votes until 4pm on polling day. The late arrival of early votes will cause them to be regarded as invalid. —Myanmar News Agency


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