Politics

Suu Kyi: voter lists come before party

The opposition National League for Democracy’s effort to educate the electorate is not for the party’s interest but to ensure the accuracy of the voter lists, according to its leader Aung San Suu Kyi.  

NLD demands meeting with election bosses

Leaders of the opposition National League for Democracy-formed township voter list scrutiny teams met to discuss the scale of errors in the preliminary voter lists and demand a meeting with the Union Election Commission (UEC).

“The NLD will demand to discussions with the UEC,” said Tun Tun Hein, executive member of the NLD. “Some authorities said correction forms could be used if errors were found. But how many will we need and what happens when they run out? We need to discuss many challenges with the UEC.”

Activists get longer to check voter lists

A legal amendment pushed through Parliament by the Union Election Commission has extended the period for the announcement of voter lists from seven to 14 days.

Temporary identification cardholders were also excluded from voting by the amendment. The legal amendment comes after widespread criticism that the UEC should extend the period with many people set to lose their voting rights as there is not enough time to amend the many errors on the lists. 

Further debate on controversial 436

Sixty-three MPs on June 30 will discuss constitutional amendments to Section 436(b), which determines which sections of the charter need a vote of more than 75 per cent of Parliament to change.

The MPs discussing the constitutional amendment are 18 members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), 18 from the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), 12 military representatives and 15 from other parties and independents.

State media ignores voter list errors

State newspapers and TV channels still have not reported errors in the preliminary voter lists that have been unveiled across the country.

Kyemon and Myanma Alin, the two state-owned newspapers, have urged the public to check the voter lists and Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV) has been airing voter list education programmes but has not announced errors in the lists.

Suu Kyi door-knocks to educate voters

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National League for Democracy’s chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi visited homes in Pobbathiri Township to educate residents about the voter lists.

Suu Kyi said: “[You] must know about the voter lists before the election campaign starts. [I ask] young people to help so that it can be finished within three months because this is your community. Everyone needs to understand how important the election is for citizens. 

Candidates sign election code of conduct

Candidates planning to run in the general election have signed a code of conduct in an effort to regulate the campaign. 

Tin Aye, the chairman of Union Election Commission (UEC), foreign diplomats and representatives from the UN and civil society organisations attended the event at the Novotel in Yangon. 

At least 130,000 eligible voters counted in Rakhine

Sittwe – The Rakhine state Election Commission has declared there are over 130,000 eligible voters in Rakhine state.

The list of voters was published on June 22, but it is far from complete.The election commission expects additional applications and revisions.

The list excludes several groups of people, such as army soldiers, people who have declared bankruptcy, prisoners and temporary residents.

Guidance needs to be sought from former senior general to amend constitution, says MP

An Upper House MP from Chin Progressive Party said he believes that Section 436 of the constitution could be amended only if instructions are sought from former Senior General Than Shwe.

Kyun Khae, the MP for Chin State Constituency No.1, made the comment during the discussion over the bill to amend Section 436(A) of the 2008 constitution in the Union parliament in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Call for vice-presidents to be chosen from MPs

Vice-presidents should be chosen from elected parliamentarians, Thura Aung Ko MP of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party said.

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