October 23, 2016

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More than 10,500 observers to monitor 8 November election

More than 10,500 foreign and local observers will monitor the upcoming 8 November election.
The Union Election Commission has issued accreditation cards to 470 diplomats from 32 international embassies, 465 staff from six international election observation bodies, 183 staff from nine international organisations that are assisting in electoral processes and 9,406 staff of local observation organisations, according to a statement released by the UEC on Monday.
More than 290 media personnel from 45 foreign media organisations will cover the election, according to the UEC.
In its statement, the UEC urged the observers to abide by the UEC Code of Conduct drafted for observers and the existing laws of Myanmar in order to avoid bias.
The UEC is committed to holding the upcoming election with transparency and democratic principles, the Monday statement said. The government requested diplomats and foreign election observers to refrain from activities that could be construed as being biased or that may negatively impact the country’s ability to hold free and fair elections.
At a meeting with diplomats and election observers held in Nay Pyi Taw about two weeks ahead of the 8 November election, Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin said the diplomatic community has an obligation to abide by the Union Election Commission’s Code of Conduct. He said it also has an obligation to adhere to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and called for the cooperation and support of the diplomatic community for holding a general election that is peaceful, credible and transparent.
UEC chairman U Tin Aye called on ministries today to cooperate in providing observers with hospitality and convenience services and to announce the results of the election on time.
The UEC’s media centre and the Ministry of Information are currently working together to announce the results of the election on the election day.
A total of 6,065 candidates will compete for the seats in parliament. Male candidates make up the 86.8 percent of the total, with 5,274 women making up the rest, according to statistics from the UEC.
The UEC will not hold elections in five of the country’s 330 townships due to security concerns.—GNLM


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