Elections


Six new committee members were elected to the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) on Sunday amid calls that the election was not run fairly.

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The Union Election Commission of Myanmar reported turnout at 69 percent for the historic 2015 elections within the country. Outside of the country, the story was very different. Fewer than 20,000 external voters engaged their political right at the ballot box abroad. This amounted to less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the over four million people who compose the Burmese diaspora.

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Burma’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has expelled a dozen township-level central executive committee members in Mandalay Division for reportedly failing to follow rules and regulations during campaigns for the 2015 general election.

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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.”

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Internal elections will soon be held to replace hundreds of National League for Democracy members elected to serve in parliaments across the country, party spokesman U Nyan Win told the media on Sunday.

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Former members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party said they would continue to seek a reversal of their April expulsion, but would not raise a legal complaint for fear of hurting the military-aligned party’s image.

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Ousted senior officials from the Union Solidarity and Development Party are threatening to take their feud to the election commission if their request for a party conference is not heeded.

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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) is planning to register voters door-to-door to ensure the accuracy of voter lists, a senior official told parliament on Monday.

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After a crushing defeat in the November general election, ethnic political parties are seeking to rebuild to ensure a stronger showing in 2020.

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Chairman of Burma’s previous ruling party, Thein Sein, urged the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to reform in order to win the election in 2020—a clear statement that the USDP is trying to make a comeback after a humiliating election defeat at the hands of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) last year.

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The mayor of Rangoon informed reporters on Wednesday that by-laws have been amended to allow the terms of serving members of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) to be terminated after less than 18 months in office.

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Burma’s Union Election Commission says that it can’t take action against a party led by a politician accused of making defamatory comments about the country’s political and military leaders because it hasn’t received a formal complaint against him.
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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) elected a new central committee during recent township meeting in Kyaukme Township, A total of 265 representatives from 46 townships attended the township meeting in northern Shan State.
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Myanmar’s new social affairs chief had just six days’ notice before his appointment — one of a legion of newcomers from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party whose credentials will be sorely tested by the massive reconstruction job left by military rule.
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A court in Rangoon’s Dagon Township on Thursday sentenced Myat Nu Khaing, an independent candidate in November’s general election, to one year in prison with hard labor.
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The European Union’s Election observation mission unveiled its final report on last November’s national election today in Rangoon. While describing the vote as “by and large a success”, the observation body, which arrived in September of 2015, highlighted several structural problems that damaged the credibility of the vote.
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Paraphrasing the Roman historian Tacitus, US President John F Kennedy said in 1961 that “victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan”. This aphorism springs to mind as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy prepare to assume power as the first popularly elected government in Myanmar for more than 50 years.
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The Maupin Prison in Irrawaddy Division on Wednesday set free Chaw Sandi Tun, the 25-year-old National League for Democracy (NLD) supporter who was jailed last year for an online posting of a photo collage deemed defamatory to the military.
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Sai Ai Pao was re-elected to serve a second term as chairman of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) on 20 March at the SNDP Annual Meeting in Taunggyi, the Shan State capital.
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Burma’s president-elect Htin Kyaw submitted the names of five nominees to head the country’s Union Election Commission (UEC) to parliament on Friday.
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