December 23, 2016

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Head of EU’s election observer mission holds high-level talks in the capital

EU’s election observer mission calls on Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and  Union Election Chairman U Tin Aye. Photo: MNA
EU’s election observer mission calls on Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Union Election Chairman U Tin Aye. Photo: MNA

THE deputy speaker of the European Parliament and head of the EU’s election observer mission in Myanmar was in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to hold a number of high-level meetings concerning the upcoming election.
Mr Alexander Graf Lambsdorff met with the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The senior general spoke of the Tamadaw’s [army’s] role in ensuring a free and fair general election. Myanmar’s constitution grants the military 25 percent of parliamentary seats, which is known in Myanmar as ‘disciplined democracy.’
Mr Alexander Graf Lambsdorff later discussed the general election of 8 November with Union Election Commission chairman U Tin Aye, who also met with an American delegation led by Mr Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser to President Obama.
Topics discussed included advance voting, observation arrangements, implementing a strategic plan for to ensure a free and fair election, the settlement of disputes between political parties during the campaign period, increasing voter participation and the recent signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement.
The EU’s deputy speaker also met with his Myanmar counterpart, union parliament speaker Thura U Shwe Mann. The pair, who were joined by EU ambassador to Myanmar Mr Roland Kobia, focused on strategies for ensuring a free and fair election, which is being watched keenly by the international community and represents a huge milestone in Myanmar’s five-year reform period following a half century of military rule.—Myanmar News Agency

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