June 30, 2017

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Staff shortages, technical faults caused voter list problems: officials

Volunteers compile voter lists at election sub-commission office.
Volunteers compile voter lists at election sub-commission office.

Yangon Region electoral officials on Tuesday said human error, technical faults and a shortage of staff were to be blamed for problems with voter lists for the upcoming general election.
Individuals and political parties have voiced doubts about the motives and reliability of electoral sub-commissions after the revelation of errors such as failure to collect voter list information door to door, dead people remaining on lists, and scores of incorrectly listed names and birthdates.
Township electoral officials said voter lists were compiled by pensioners and civil service staff who took part as volunteers, with insufficient numbers to properly carry out the work. They also said some family members did not inform immigration officers about dead relatives remaining on family lists.
An election sub-commission chairman in Yangon West District said some eligible voters did not know their birthdates, with 30 June commonly listed in such cases, in line with the international norm.

Two local people check their names in voter list.
Two local people check their names in voter list.

However, authorities of electoral sub-commissions said eligible voters could cast their ballots in the election, scheduled for late October or early November, even if there were minor errors in their details.
The voters can also ask for correction of their names with the authority of polling station officers on election day, the officials said.

 

Ye Khaung Nyunt, Myat Thanda Maung

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