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Voters must check electoral roll before polling day or risk exclusion: UEC chairman

Union Election Commission Chairman  U Tin Aye and party are seen Wednesday at the UEC Information Centre in Yangon prior to a press conference concerning the 8 November general election.  Photo: Ye Myint
Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye and party are seen Wednesday at the UEC Information Centre in Yangon prior to a press conference concerning the 8 November general election. Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 22 July — Eligible voters must ensure they are listed on the electoral roll before the 8 November election, as complaints about omissions will not be accepted on polling day, Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye said Wednesday.
Enrolled voters will not be prevented from casting their ballots, however, even in cases of incorrect voter data, the chairman said at a press conference at the UEC Information Centre in Yangon.
Another two-week review period is tentatively set to begin in the last week of August, and will be the final one before the election, the chairman said.
“Check the voter lists, submit corrections and inform authorities of exclusion from the lists during the period in which it is allowed,” he said.
Amid mounting complaints about numerous errors in voter lists across the country, the commission extended the initial review period, originally scheduled to run two weeks, until the end of this month.
Only 10 percent of eligible voters have so far come to check the lists, leaving uncertainty over the accuracy of much of the voter data, the chairman said. The press conference followed meetings between the UEC and 51 Civil Service Organizations on Monday and between the UEC and 82 political parties on Tuesday in Yangon.— GNLM

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