Myanmar President instructs officials to ensure free, fair general election

YANGON (XINHUA) – Myanmar President U Win Myint instructed all stakeholders to ensure a free and fair election, according to a release from the President’s Office yesterday.

The President gave the instructions and guidance at a recent meeting with officials including the chairman of Union Election Commission (UEC), union ministers, the attorney-general of the union and the UEC members on Wednesday, the presidential release said.

The President said the UEC officials need to be impartial and exert efforts in the electoral processes in accordance with the criteria, while relevant ministries are asked to provide assistance in the electoral processes.

The President also stressed the importance of not losing the eligible voters’ right to vote as citizens, associate citizens and naturalised citizens have the right to vote under the electoral laws while military personnel, citizens living abroad, and the disabled persons must not lose their right to vote.

Health workers are asked to help in organising the elections in line with the rules of COVID-19 control measures.

Myanmar President U Win Myint. PHOTO: AP

The multi-party general election is scheduled to be held on November 8 this year.

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party recently announced that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as the chairperson, and President U Win Myint as the Vice Chairman of the party, will soon launch campaign for the upcoming general election.

A total of 330 constituencies will contest for the House of Representatives (Lower House) while 168 constituencies for the House of Nationalities (Upper House), 644 constituencies for state or region Parliaments and 29 constituencies for ethnic minority for state or region Parliaments, said the commission’s announcement.

About 37 million people are eligible to vote in the upcoming general election and 97 political parties are registered to take part in the election.

Myanmar’s previous general election was held in November 2015 in which Aung San Suu Kyi-led NLD party won the absolute majority of the Parliamentary seats and has run the government since April 2016. The five-year term of the incumbent NLD government will end in March 2021.