Members of the National League for Democracy will be electing a new addition to the party’s regional executive committee in Mandalay today to replace U Htin Kyaw, who has since become the country’s president. Regional party president U Tin Tun Oo said, “There’s only one vacancy in the regional executive, the position of the former president. Now party headquarters has been informed about the vacant position.”

The NLD started electing and replacing executive committee members in the states and regions yesterday, and elections for district/township/village executive committees will take place by August 14, the party has announced.

NLD members qualify as candidates if they have served the party for least one year for the ward or village level, two years for the township level, and three and five years for district and regional levels respectively.

In separate elections in Mandalay, the local election commission chapter has had trouble drumming up interest to take over the poll organising body. Only one applicant has so far applied to fill vacancies for the election chair and members, said U Tin Min Aye, an officer at the Mandalay district election sub-commission.

“Just one person, from Patheingyi township, applied to join the district commission,” said U Tin Min Aye.

Anyone interested in joining the Mandalay district election sub-commission office has until June 21 to apply.

Translation by Kyawt Darly Lin and Emoon