UEC to release by-election candidate lists in August

Writer: 
Maung Htoo

 

Union Election Commission (UEC) will release the lists of candidates who will compete in the upcoming by-election scheduled on November 3, on August 6, said the UEC’s member Myint Naing.

There are 69 candidates from 24 political parties, including seven independent candidates, according the UEC.

“All candidates are qualified for the by-election. The lists of candidates will be announced at respective sub-commission offices,” Myint Naing who is also a spokesperson of the UEC added.

There are 13 vacant constituencies nationwide—four vacant seats for lower house parliament, one for Upper House parliament and eight for Region and State parliaments.

Four vacant constituencies for lower house parliament are: Kanpetlet, Lechar, Tamwe and Myingyan constituencies. One vacant constituency for upper house parliament is Myitkyina constituency-2.

Vacant constituencies for regional parliaments are: Tamu constituency-2 in Sagaing region, Ottwin constituency-2 in Bago region, Thabeikkyin constituency-1 in Mandalay region, Shan National Affairs constituency in Mandalay region, Minbu constituency-2 in Magway region and Seikkan constituency-2 in Yangon region.

Vacant constituencies for state parliaments are: Matupi constituency-1 in Chin State and Yathaedaung constituency-2 in Rakhine State.

The ruling National League for Democracy will run for all vacant constituencies while the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party, will compete for 10 vacant constituencies.

The UEC announced the lists of eligible voters for by-election from July 9 to 22 for the first time. In October, the UEC will announce eligible voter lists for 14 days for the second time. Till now, no complaint has been received about the release of voter lists, according to the UEC.