Home Affairs Ministry sets four phases for election security

The Home Affairs Ministry is scrutinizing the auxiliary police forces for the election to make ensurepolitical neutrality, and freedom from the political parties’ bias. And the ministry has set four phases for the election security, according to the deputy minister Brig-Gen KyawKyaw Tun. 

The deputy minister told that criteria for the auxiliary police will be age and education; however, education status is difficult in some places and that therefore personal reliability would be better for such places. 

Ministries squander cash: MP

MP Sandar Min from the National League for Democracy questioned the financial management of three ministries as the Public Account Joint Committee examined an audit into the government accounts from last year.

Around 58 per cent of the accounts had been examined, revealing the state had lost Ks22.7 billion (US$22 million) from mismanagement at the livestock, education and social welfare ministries, according to Sandar Min.

No peace without charter change: USDP MP

Only constitutional amendment will end conflict and establish a correct judicial system, said Lower House MP Thura Aung Ko. 

Aung Ko, a central executive committee member of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, said democracy should limit presidential terms to eight- to 10-year terms. But countries like Russia and Cambodia fell under authoritarian rule after their constitutions had been brushed aside to ensure extended presidential terms.

Myaungmya Township designated as a constituency

MyaungmyaTownship, located in Ayeyawady Region, has been designated as a constituency for the 2015 general election, which will take place on November 8. Previously, Myaungmya was grouped into the same constituency as the other two townships with which it shares Myangmya District.

There have been rumours that the new constituency was created by the Union Election Commission (UEC) to allow Sports Minister Tint San and Immigration Minister Khin Yee compete in the election.

ANP chooses candidates

The Arakan National Party (ANP) has chosen its candidates for the November 8 election for the constituencies in Rakhine State, according to central executive committee member Aye Thar Aung.

After the ANP central executive meeting in Sittwe, he said: “Candidates applied, the committee and township representatives examined the applications and then we approved them.”

Thein Sein considering second term despite non-candidacy

President Thein Sein is still considering continuing his presidency for another term, despite not being sure whether he will run in the 2015 election on November 8, said Zaw Htay, director of the President’s Office, on July 14.

“Whether or not he will run in the election, the boss will make a decision on a second presidential term for the sake of the internal political situation of the country,” Zaw Htay said.

UEC announces procedures for submission of candidate applications

The Union Election Commission has announced that candidate lists can be submitted from July 20 to August 8. 
The UEC released notification No 29/ 2015, which contains procedures for candidate applications, examinations and withdrawals from various parliament races in accordance with Article 16 of the Election Bylaws. 

President would not return to USDP, says MP

MP Thura Aung Ko of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party told reporters that he thought President Thein Sein would not return to the party.

He said that the president was not on the list of would-be government representatives and would not be involved in party politics again.

President won’t seek second term, blames health

President Thein Sein has announced that he will not run in the November 8 general election because of his health, according to Reuters.

He wrote a letter to Thura Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

“The president wrote a letter to U Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling USDP, that he will not run in the next general election because of his health condition,” an official told Reuters, asking not to be named.

NLD won’t stand against ethnic allies

The National League for Democracy will not compete in constituencies where ethnic allied parties from the CRPP (Committee Representing the People's Parliament) will participate, says MP Win Htein of the NLD.

The NLD's central executive committee members Nyan Win, Win Htein and Han Thar Myint met the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD)'s leaders Khum Tun Oo, Sai Saw Aung, Sai Nyunt Lwin and Sai Lak on July 13 in Yangon to discuss the general election.