Fri 24 Jun 2011
Filed under: Inside Burma
Democratic Party (Myanmar) General-Secretary Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein said on Friday, after losing her case before the Electoral Commission (EC), that the electoral laws are a ‘worry’, following a ruling in favour of her rival Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidate.
The EC rejected evidence presented by Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein and ruled in favour of the USDP elected candidate, Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein said at a press conference held at her party headquarters in Botataung Township in Rangoon Region.
‘The ballot box cannot be moved away from the polling booth under any circumstances, but the officials at the polling booth agreed to do so and then the EC said it had no objection to that. I think it is a sign for worry about the electoral laws in the future’, Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein said.
She filed her objections in regard to alleged malpractices committed by her rival USDP candidate, Thant Zin, in the Gyobingauk constituency in West Bago Region.
‘I had trust in this election. I filed the suit believing in justice and truth. But I found out in the last stage of this struggle that I am not entitled to enjoy the provisions written in the electoral laws’, Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein said.
In its decree in the case, the plaintiff Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein was ordered to pay 500,000 kyat (US$ 637) as costs to the defendant. She also lost a non-refundable deposit of 1 million kyat (US$ 1,274). If she appeals the verdict, she must deposit another 1 million kyat.
Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein, 63, said that she had not yet decided whether to file an appeal.
‘In the forthcoming by-elections and in future elections, in which laws can we trust for contesting the election and which people can we trust and rely on? I have no idea’, she said.
At the press conference, Democratic Party (Myanmar) chairman Thu Wei said that the party contested in the election because it did not want the military regime’s candidates to be unopposed.