MCDC poll flush with candidates
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