MCDC election to be held in September
ELECTIONS for Mandalay City Development Committee members, representing six townships, will be held by the end of September, a spokesperson for the election commission said yesterday.
Anyone wishing to be considered for a seat on the committee must submit an application by August 5, the spokesperson said.
The 13-member committee includes the Mandalay mayor and the joint secretary. Five members will be appointed to the committee by the regional government and six will be elected, from Aung Myay Tharzan, Chan Aye Tharzan, Maha Aung Myay, Chan Mya Tharsi, Pyigyitagun, and Amarapura townships.
“After the application deadline, the applications will be analysed,” the spokesperson said. “If they are qualified in accordance with the rules of competition, they are allowed to take part. After that, there will be campaign period. I do not know yet when we will hold the campaign period.”
On July 7, the previous 11 committee members were relieved of their posts by the Mandalay mayor in accordance with a decision from the regional government.
The recently sacked 11 committee members were elected or appointed in July 2015 under the rule of the Union Solidarity and Development Partybacked government. The local administrative body, as with Yangon City Development Committee, was disbanded in order to reappoint new members that will serve a term that coincides with the five-year Union government’s time in office.
Last year’s MCDC election was marred by a lack of eligible candidates, and a poor voter turnout. Two of the six townships – Aung Myay Tharzan and Chan Mya Tharsi – had to re-stage the vote, one for lack of a candidate and the other because voter turnout fell below 50 percent.
– Translation by Emoon A 40-year-old man was found dead with 11 cellphones and a slingshot in his possession in Dagon Seikkan township on July 29. A 19-year-old, Ko Thiha Tun, found the body with several injuries in a shipyard. Investigators believe that the man fell from a ladder after stealing the phones. An electrical fire engulfed Padaythar pickled tea shop at the corner of Sein Pan and Yint Mar streets in Mayangone township’s Bayinnaung market on the morning of July 30.
The fire started from a malfunctioning electrical socket in a ground floor apartment, according to Police Lieutenant Than Win. The fire started before business hours at around 7:15am.
An electrical meter, valued at K50,000, was lost in the flames.
Police are pursuing charges that could result in up to three years in prison under section 285 of the penal code for negligent conduct with combustible matter. – Toe Wai Aung