March 08, 2017

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Revised voting lists to be released on 17th March

Members of civil society raise awarness of the voting process for the upcoming 1 April by-election in Hlinethaya. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Revised voting lists for the by-election on 1 April will be released on 17 March, according to U Hla Thein, Chairman of the Union Election Commission, who was attending the cooperative meeting on educating voters held at Park Royal Hotel yesterday.
If there are errors found in the revised voters’ lists to be released on March 17, voters can make claims for amendment up until March 25, according to UEC.
“The UEC took only three months for preparation of voters’ lists in previous elections, whereas in the by-election of 2017 it took 6 months to prepare for the list, so as to lessen errors as much as possible,” said U Tin Tun, director-general of the UEC.
He added, “Those eligible to vote are urged to take out the identification cards. One can come to take all ID cards on behalf of all. By-elections in 2017 cannot be held in all regions where elections were not held due to insecurity of the area in the 2015 general elections, except in Mongshu and Kehsi townships in Shan State.”
It is learnt that UEC released the first-time voters’ lists from February 1 to February 14. In previous elections, there were several problems in many places on account of the inadequate time for preparation, immaturity of the commission and poor management.
For similar errors not to occur again in the by-elections to be held in 2017, the UEC is making arrangements in connection with local civil societies as well as with Australian Aid, UK Aid, USAID and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
In the 2017 by-election, 19 vacant parliamentarian posts will be chosen in 22 townships, in the Regions and States, it is learnt. 96 representatives representing 24 political parties will contest with those eligible to vote amounting to 2.1 million voters.

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