Politics

Service personnel must serve the people: Suu Kyi

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi spoke at a campaign rally in Phaunggyi, Hlegu Township, Yangon Region on October 11. She stressed the need for military staff to serve the needs of the people.

“Phaunggyi is the site of a military training facility. It is required that service personnel be good in character. They must work to improve the lives of the people. They must not oppress the people,” Suu Kyi said.

Serving the people more important than presidency: Suu Kyi

In a public meeting with the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader in Hlegu Township, Aung San Suu Kyi said the abolishment of Section 59(F) of the constitution is a minor bump compared to the importance of people’s rights.

The law disqualifies Suu Kyi from being elected president.

At the meeting, the Nobel laureate answered to questions about the law, which was approved in 2008.

150 EU observers to monitor Myanmar elections

The European Union Election Observation Mission has deployed 30 observers to all parts of Myanmar on to observe the November 8 general election. A total of 150 observers from 28 EU member states will watch the election across the country, said to Election Observation Mission deputy chief observer Mark Stevens at a press conference at the Inya Lake Hotel in Yangon on October 11.

USDP candidate pays supporters to attend campaign events

A Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)’s candidate for Pyinmana, Mandalay Region, has admitted to using party campaign funds to pay entertainers and followers to participate in campaign rallies.

Campaign supporters received motorcycle fuel, clothes bearing party endorsements and meals at USDP campaign events in Nay Pyi Taw and Pyinmana on 11 October.

NLD attacked for using colour of blood

Mya Nyein, the vice Speaker of the Upper House, said the red colour of the National League for Democracy would not cover Yangon Region and only the green of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) would dominate.

Suu Kyi warns of election-day riots

Aung San Suu Kyi, the chair of the National League for Democracy (NLD), warned voters of the potential of intentionally orchestrated riots on the election day.

Suu Kyi told a campaign rally in Hmawbi, Yangon Region: “People need to be alert on election day. There may be those of intentionally orchestrating riots. To hold the election peacefully is of great importance for all of us. Let me warn you.

USDP full of potential presidents: Htay Oo

Htay Oo, joint chairperson of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, said if the party won the November 8 election there would be many candidates with the ability to become president.

Speaking at a feast donation at Yan Aung Myin Pagoda, Dekkhinathiri Township in Nay Pyi Taw, he said: “I don’t want to be president. It is better to live freely among the people. But if assigned by others, I would do it. There are many others who could too.”

Kayah contest heats up

LOIKAW – Military, police and civil service votes could be decisive in Shadaw Township, Kayah State, where Union Minister Aung Min is running as an independent candidate on November 8

Around 600 voters are in the military, police and civil service in Shadaw but only civil servants have household lists.

NLD to set sail for Coco

The National League for Democracy (NLD) has been refused permission to campaign on the Coco Islands and has been forced to hire boats to reach the idyllic atoll.

The NLD said the Yangon Region government had provided several reasons why candidates could not campaign on the islands, forcing them to make their own arrangements.

Window closes for migrant voters

Today is the deadline for migrant workers and others who do not live in their constituency to apply for an advance vote in the November 8 election.

If a migrant is a government employee they must have a recommendation from a supervisor or their employer if they are a migrant worker. A recommendation from a ward or village administrator is needed to show the voter has lived in an area for at least 180 days.