Myo Min Htet
YANGON- The Union Election Commission (UEC) will be meeting with the political parties at its office on June 14th aiming to discuss about electoral affairs.
“We had invited all political parties and will be listening to their reports,” Spokesperson Myint Naing, who is also a member of UEC, told to EMG.
The UEC announced on May 8th that the 2018 by-election will be held for 13 vacant constituencies nationwide on November 3rd.
Likewise, President Win Myint met with UEC’s chairman and members in Nay Pyi Taw on June 1st saying that UEC should listen to the public voice after holding meeting with them.
“We got invitation letter on June 6th but we didn’t arrange who will be attending the meeting,” said CEC secretariat member Nyan Win from National League for Democracy (NLD).
“Our party was invited. The invitation letter arrived on June 6th. The meeting will be held in Nay Pyi Taw on June 14th. The CEC meeting will be held on June 8th aiming to decide to attend the meeting. I think it may be sure to attend it,” said Nay Min Kyaw, General Secretary of National Democratic Force.
At present, the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) said that they are thinking whether the USDP should participate in the by-election or not.
The compilation of voter lists is being carried out in the vacant constituencies since the beginning of April 19th.
Four vacant seats for lower house are: Kanpetlet, Lechar, Tamwe and Myingyan constituencies. One vacant seat for upper house is Myitkyina constituency-2 in Kachin State.
Vacant seats for region parliament are: Tamu constituency -2 in Sagiang 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.
Likewise, vacant seats for state parliament are: Matupi constituency-1 in Chin State and Yathedaung constituency-2 in Rakhine State.
Since the incumbent government led by NLD took power, the first by-election was held in April 2017.
There were 19 vacant seats in the 2017 by-election in which the ruling NLD won 10 seats, the USDP, six seats, the Shan National League for Democracy, six seats, All Nationalities Democracy Party (Kayah State), one seat and the Arakan National Party, one seat.