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May 21, 2019

UEC holds coord meeting with political parties, candidates participating in by-election

UEC Chairman U Hla Thein addresses the coordination meeting with political parties, candidates of the coming by-election in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA
UEC Chairman U Hla Thein addresses the coordination meeting with political parties, candidates of the coming by-election in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA

Union Election Commission (UEC) conducted a coordination meeting in UEC meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning with political parties and independent Hluttaw representative candidates participating in the by-election. The meeting was attended by UEC Chairman U Hla Thein and members, officials from the commission office, state/region election sub-commission chairmen and secretaries, officials from 24 political parties and 7 independent Hluttaw representative candidates.
At the meeting, UEC Chairman said 62 Hluttaw representative candidates from 24 political parties and 7 independent Hluttaw representative candidates totaling 69 will participate in the forthcoming by-election. Voters list will be announced for the second time in October and the candidates are requested to urge their voters to check for inclusion of their names in it. Candidates will be permitted to start campaigning around 3 September and the campaign period of sixty days will be allowed. During the campaigning, code of conduct for political parties and candidates agreed by political parties are to be followed. Supporters of the political parties are to be controlled to avoid conflicts and occurrence of crimes and criminal acts described in the Election Law.
Election mediation central committee and committees of various levels will be formed for this by-election in the same way as it was formed for 2017 by-election. Election mediation central committee and committees of various levels are to prevent any problems occurring to become a conflict. Hluttaw representative candidates are to follow the prescribed enacted laws in appointing election representatives and polling station representatives. It is important for election representatives, polling station representatives and assistants not to act like campaigners in the polling stations. They must be aware of election law, rules and work guidelines. During the polling period, whenever there is any contravening of the laws and rules, polling station officials, other polling station representatives and assistants are to resolve the matter immediately. It will be an unbiased election only if laws and rules are followed. Hluttaw representative candidates are to submit the election expenses to the commission after the election is over and systematic records as prescribed need to be made said the UEC Chairman.
Next, UEC Office Director General and state/region election sub-commission chairmen from states/regions where by-election is to be held explained about preparation made for the by-election.
Afterwards, political parties and independent Hluttaw representative candidates participated in the discussion and UEC member U Myint Naing and the Director General responded to their discussions.
The meeting came to a close after UEC Chairman delivered a concluding speech.—Myanmar News Agency

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