August 19, 2016

UEC to cooperate with CSOs to ensure accurate voter lists for future elections

The Union Election Commission (UEC) will seek help from Civil Service Organizations and local election observers to ensure an accurate voter lists for future elections, UEC Chairman U Hla Thein told a workshop on rights and responsibilities of local election observers held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address, election observation is a tool for improving the quality of elections as observers help build public confidence in the transparency of the elections and promote acceptance of results.
Acknowledging final reports of local and international election observation missions, the UEC chairman highlighted the importance of their recommendations for next elections.
According to the UEC chairman, the workshop is aimed at establishing a legal framework on local election observers and seeking ways and means for better future polls through cooperation with observation teams.
Next, presentations by the IDEA senior programme manager and the resident representative of Democracy Reporting International and discussions on a code of conduct and accreditation process for election observers followed.
Then, the UEC chairman held talks with those present on a wide range of matters including election legal framework revision process.
According to the UEC, more election observers will be invited to observe upcoming by-election and 2020 general elections.
Altogether 11,445 local observers and 1,153 international observers were allowed to observe the previous general elections last year.
The Union Election Commission, the national level electoral commission, is responsible for organising and overseeing elections in the country, as well as vetting parliamentary candidates and political parties. — Myanmar News Agency


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