Politics

Flawed voter lists may stir violence: NLD member

Win Htein, a member of central election campaign committee of the National League for Democracy, said on September 21 that the rampant errors in the voter lists prepared by the Union Election Commission may stir mob violence on voting day.
 

Military chief reiterates hope for free, fair election

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Defence Services, said the military would do everything it could to ensure that the upcoming election is free and fair.

Min Aung Hlaing met with journalists and some members of the interim Myanmar Press Council in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Rights groups demand release of political prisoners before election

A network of organisations focusing on the rights of political prisoners asked political parties to demand the release of remaining political prisoners before the general election.

“We are disappointed that the political parties have been silent about the matter. Although they speak a lot about democracy, human rights, clean government and reforms, they are neglectful of those who fought for these causes and spent their lives in prisons for doing so,” argued Tin Maung Oo, the spokesperson of the Former Political Prisoners Society.

Suu Kyi promises transparency in Kawhmu

The National League for Democracy will work transparently and seek the counsel of the people regarding infrastructure projects, including the Myitsone dam project, if the party can form the government by winning the November 8 elections, said Aung San Suu Kyi on September 21.

During her campaign trip to Maseseik village in Kawhmu Township, Yangon Region, she replied to a question raised by a local resident about “how the NLD [will] deal with the controversial suspended Myitsone dam project if the NLD wins the 2015 elections.”

Suu Kyi delivers a speech at MRTV

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a live speech broadcasted by state-owned Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV) yesterday.

In her speech, she encouraged the public to vote to choose Myanmar’s next leader. If her party wins the election, she said, she will seek national reconciliation and mutual understanding to get rid of hatred between communities in Myanmar.

The NLD will respect the decision of the people at the election, she said.

Suu Kyi campaigns against dirty ploys

Chair of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San SuuKyi has said that the NLD will never stoop to using dirty methods for political gain at the NLD rally held at villages in Kawhmu Township.

USDP pays trishaw drivers to raise party flag

The Union Solidarity and Development Party has begun paying trishaw drivers Ks 5,000 each per month to raise USDP flags on the handlebars of their vehicles. 
 
The Union Election Commission allowed political parties to campaign for 60 days leading up to the election on November 8.
 

Singers urge public to check voter lists

A group of well-known Myanmar entertainers held a press conference titled "Let’s check the voter list and not waste the right to vote" on September 20 at the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in Yangon. 
 
Singers, film actors and writers attended the event to urge the public to check the voter lists and correct any errors they find.
 

NLD promises reform in South Okkalapa

The National League for Democracy’s candidates for the South Okkalapa Township constituency began campaigning on September 20 for the 2015 general election. Their campaign promises that the NLD will bring reform to the country.
 

Military chief stresses need for fair election

Nay Pyi Taw – Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the defence services, has said again that he wants the military to be fair and independent through the election period, according to the army-owned Myawady news agency.
 
His deputy, Vice-Senior General Soe Win, chief of the air staff General Khin Aung Myint and other military commanders met Min Aung Hlaing to discuss the election.