Politics

UEC to ‘assess’ results before announcement

Union Election Commission Tin Aye said the November 8 election results would be announced only after his staff had assessed them and proved they were firm and correct.

Tin Aye told a coordination meeting yesterday that after ballots had been counted, results would be displayed at polling booths and township election sub-commission offices for public transparency, he said

NLD complains about president’s ‘electioneering’

The National League for Democracy (NLD) has complained to the Union Election Commission (UEC) claiming that President Thein Sein is involved in electoral campaigning.

The NLD’s letter lists Thein Sein’s visits and his involvement in the Union Solidarity and Development Party’s electoral campaign.

In his trips and meetings with voters, it was evident that there was no involvement from other parties and Thein Sein was clearly representing the USDP, the letter stated.

Ethnic parties happy to work with Suu Kyi

The Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD) and Arakan National Party (ANP) have said they would cooperate with the Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy after the election to work for democratisation and federalisation.

The general secretary of the SNLD Sai Nyunt Lwin and the chairperson of the ANP Dr Aye Maung appeared at the election debate held by DVB news channel on November 4 at Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon.

Shwegyin advance votes cancelled

TAUNGOO – Advance votes collected on November 1 and 2 have been cancelled in Shwegyin Township, Bago Region, where retired Lieutenant-General Hla Min will compete as the Lower House candidate for the Union Solidarity and Development Party.

The new advance votes will be collected on November 6 and 7.

Election 'fundamentally flawed': Human Rights Watch

The globally recognised NGO, Human Rights Watch (HRW), has condemned the November 8 election as “fundamentally flawed” and a “stacked deck”.

The electoral process, according to the HRW, was afflicted by “systematic and structural problems, including the lack of an independent election commission, ruling party dominance of state media, the reservation of 25 per cent of seats for the military, discriminatory voter registration laws and mass disenfranchisement of voters in some parts of the country”.

Independent candidate Dr Nyo Nyo Thin declares properties before election

Independent candidate for Bahan Constituency Dr Nyo Nyo Thin declared her properties in her Facebook profile on November 3, just before the 2015 general election. 

UEC explains colour-changing ballot paper

 

The Union Election Commission (UEC) issued an announcement yesterday urging candidates to explain the white logos of political parties and independent candidates that turn yellow to their voters.

One extra advance ballot found in Zabuthiri Township

 

A total of 802 advance votes cast by Myanmar citizens living in 44 foreign countries arrived in Myanmar yesterday for the eight townships of the Nay Pyi Taw Council area. However, when the votes were counted and put into the advance ballot boxes for their respective townships, one extra ballot was reportedly found for Zabuthiri Township. 

Govt prepared to hold fair elections, despite difficulties: president

President Thein Sein said in his November 3 radio speech that 

Tens of thousands show up to support NLD in Magway Region

Tens of thousands of local residents gathered yesterday in Magway and Yenanchaung, Magway Region, to support the National League for Democracy (NLD) at the party’s public rallies. The events included performances by well-known entertainers.
The NLD supporters held red roses and a 1,000-foot long flag featuring the NLD's emblem to show their support of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.