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UEC pledges free and fair April election

The meeting of the Union Election Commission being held in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA
The meeting of the Union Election Commission being held in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

THE Union Election Commission held a meeting with 70 political parties on the holding of the by-election on 1 April, pledging that the upcoming election would be free and fair.
U Hla Thein, Union Election Commission Chairman, said at the meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday that respective election sub-commissions are to launch door-to-door scrutiny activities in vacant constituencies for the correctness of voter lists. The chairman said it was imperative for voters to take an active part in these activities.
“It requires us to form an observatory surveillance committee enquiring as to whether political parties and candidates abide by election ethics or not. By-elections will be held above-board, to be free and fair elections with local and foreign observatory teams to be invited”, U Hla Thein said.
He noted that political parties also need to co-operate with election sub-commissions at all levels to ensure free and fair elections in accord with election law and election ethics.
A vacant seat for the State Pyithu Hluttaw representative of Nyaung Shwe constituency 1, whose representative died, will be added to the previously announced 18 vacant constituencies to be held on 1 April.
For respective parties to be able to nominate their candidates who will contest for vacant constituencies, the time schedule has been released in newspapers.
In reply to suggestions on electoral processes made by political parties, UEC chairman clarified, “UEC has been dealing with matters on announcement of compiled voter lists, casting votes in advance, construction of polling booths, and weaknesses found in activities of ward and village tract election sub-commissions.” —Myanmar News Agency

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