MCDC elec­tion to be held in Septem­ber

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

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

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