June 29, 2017

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Japanese solar lamps to help ballot count in the election

Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye accepts solar lamps from Japanese Ambassador Mr. Tateshi Higuchi.
Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye accepts solar lamps from Japanese Ambassador Mr. Tateshi Higuchi.

A HANDOVER ceremony for solar lamps to assist in counting ballots for the election was held in the Union Election Commission (UEC) office in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday. Chairman of the UEC U Tin Aye and party, Japanese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Tateshi Higuchi, and country director of UNDP Mr. Toily Kurbanov along with officials from the commission office attended the ceremony.
According to the agreement the UNDP and UEC have opted to purchase materials such as solar lamps and indelible ink. The UEC has distributed 51,298 solar lamps to polling stations lacking access to electricity across the country. The chairman of the UEC expressed appreciation for Japan’s assistance.
“The attempt by the UEC to hold a free and fair election will be important not only to the Myanmar people but also the international community,” the Japanese Ambassador said.
“Utilising the solar lamps is a kind of trust building exercise between candidates and local voters,” the country director of UNDP said.

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