UEC allows candidates to carry out canvass for by-elections on Sept 3

Writer: 
Maung Htoo

Candidates which will compete in the by-election scheduled for November 3 can start canvassing voters as from September 3, said Myint Naing, Spokesperson of the Union Election Commission (UEC) on August 6.

The UEC released the lists of 69 candidates qualified for the by-election at respective election sub-commissions on August 6.

“Candidates can do canvassing for 60 days—from September 3 to November 1,” Myint Naing added.

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) will compete in all vacant constituencies in the November 3 by-election while the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) will run for 10 vacant constituencies only.

The UEC released the lists of eligible voters at respective sub-commission offices from July 9 to 22 for the first time. In October, the UEC will again announce the final lists of eligible voters for 14 days, according to the UEC.

There is no any complaint about the release of eligible voters lists, the spokesperson 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 NLD won a landslide victory in 2015 after the 1990 General Election. The party didn’t compete in the 2010 General Election.

In the 2015 General Election, the NLD competed in 1,123 constituencies out of 1,150 for Upper House Parliament, Lower House Parliament and region and state parliaments.

The ruling NLD won 9 out of the 19 vacant seats nationwide in the April 1 by-election. A total of 24 political parties, and seven independent candidates ran for 19 vacant constituencies across the country.