Union Election Commission (UEC) at different levels of command is biased towards the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), said Thein Tun Oo, Spokesperson of the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
In response to the question of “To what extent does the USDP expect success in the upcoming by-election”, Thein Tun Oo said that the USDP expects to win almost all seats in the by-election if the UEC is not biased and the by-election is truly independent and fair. According to him, the authority of the UEC is overshadowed by the ruling party.
The USDP is suspicious about respective election sub-commissions. Tamwe Township NLD uses the photos of the President and the State Counsellor in their vote canvassing campaign. So the USDP lodged a complaint about it to the UEC as the use of images was not in accord with the law. But the township election sub-commission decided that the use of images had nothing to do with it. The Yangon East District election sub-commission also seconded the Tamwe Township sub-commission’s decision.
I would like to urge the UEC to make sure that the UEC follows the existing law and hold by-election fairly and squarely, added Thein Tun Oo.
Dr. Myo Nyunt, Spokesperson of the ruling NLD said the use of images of the President Win Myint and the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi by the NLD’s candidates was in accord with the law.
He claimed that it was evident that the NLD candidates are using these images as party leaders as they don’t use the image with President Win Myint wearing the golden sash, an insignia representing his office.
The ruling NLD will run for all seats in the coming by-election scheduled for November 3 while the USDP will compete for 10 vacant constituencies.
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 UEC announced the lists of eligible voters for the by-election from July 19 to 22 for the first time. In addition, the UEC will announce the lists of eligible voters from October 1 to 14 for the second time. The UEC allows candidates to do the canvassing campaigns from September 3 to November 1, according to the UEC’s statement.