December 19, 2016

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UEC hails election a success, announces first results

Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Tin Aye announces official results of the election. Photo: MNA
Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Tin Aye announces official results of the election. Photo: MNA

THE Chairman of the Union Election Commission U Tin Aye described Myanmar’s general election of November 8 as a success and thanked all those involved during a press conference yesterday.
His announcement coincided with the first election results to be formally issued by the Union Election Commission (UEC).
In the Yangon Region Parliament, 23 seats were won by the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), while the incumbent Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won one seat.
In the Pyithu Hluttaw [Lower House], the NLD won 25 till 9 pm announcement seats, U Tin Aye said.
At more than 40,000 polling stations across the country on Sunday, just 48 irregularities were reported. The overwhelming majority of voters and candidates did not encounter any obstacles on the day of the historic vote, the UEC chairman said.
He gave the speech during the formal opening of a media centre in Nay Pyi Taw, whose function is to convey election results to foreign and international journalists.
An information centre at the UEC’s branch office in Yangon will also announce the results to the media, while the commission in Nay Pyi Taw will hold a daily press conference at 4 pm.
The first of such press conferences was held yesterday. UEC member U Myint Naing responded to questions from local and foreign media about the timing of election results announcements, advance voting, the voting rights of ethnic candidates, illegal campaign activities, invalid votes and campaign spending.
The media centres will announce election results at 9 am, 12 noon, 3 pm, 6 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm everyday, provided new information is sent from region and state election sub-commissions to the UEC.
The UEC chairman received delegations of election commissions from ASEAN member states as well as from Russia and India at UEC’s headquarters yesterday and discussed the process of communicating election results to the public and the media.—Myanmar News Agency

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