February 15, 2017

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UEC to form election tribunals to adjudicate any objections

A woman casting vote in recent general election. Photo: Aye Min Soe
A woman casting vote in recent general election. Photo: Aye Min Soe

THE Union Election Commission has said it will set up tribunals to adjudicate any objections it receives about the general election.
During a workshop held to discuss preparations for the formation of tribunals in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, UEC chairman U Tin Aye said the tribunals will probe objections and cases of failure to submit campaign costs.
Workshop participants included UEC members, officials of the Supreme Court of the Union and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Union and representatives from five local and foreign election observer groups.
The objective of the workshop was to ensure smoothness and transparency in the formation of the tribunals in line with the law, said U Tin Aye.
The UEC will set up tribunals in regions and states in order to gain full access to witnesses of those who make objections and those whose seats are being contested, the chairman said.
He added that the aim of the tribunals will be to settle cases speedily and keep hearing costs to a minimum.
The UEC has said it will cooperate with the Supreme Court of the Union and the  Office of  the  Attorney-General of the Union.—Myanmar News Agency

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