MCDC poll flush with can­di­dates

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

EV­ERY one of the six electable seats on the Man­dalay City Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has six can­di­dates con­test­ing for a chance to join.

“There are 36 can­di­dates for this year’s MCDC mem­ber elec­tion, which is a bit more than there were last year,” said an MCDC of­fi­cial. “It seems this year’s elec­tion has re­ceived more at­ten­tion from the public.”

Prior to last year’s elec­tion, held in May, 20 peo­ple filed ap­pli­ca­tions to be con­sid­ered for the six seats set aside for the six town­ships that hold di­rect elec­tions. Some of those 20 MCDC hope­fuls did not meet the re­quire­ments to run, so the ac­tual num­ber of can­di­dates was even lower.

“The com­mis­sion has to scru­ti­nise the can­di­dates,” the of­fi­cial said. “At the mo­ment, we are al­low­ing the public to ob­ject to can­di­dates who have sub­mit­ted their pa­per­work. The public has from Au­gust 8 to 12 to voice ob­jec­tions.”

Five of the six in­cum­bents are seek­ing re-elec­tion. On July 7, the pre­vi­ous mem­bers were re­lieved of their posts in ac­cor­dance with a de­ci­sion from the re­gional gov­ern­ment. The 13-mem­ber com­mit­tee con­sists of the mayor and the as­so­ciate sec­re­tary, five mem­bers ap­pointed by the re­gional gov­ern­ment, and six elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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