By-elec­tion slated for 2017: UEC

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

TWO town­ships in south­ern Shan State could be set to vote on their va­cant par­lia­men­tary al­lo­ca­tions in 2017, with the Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (UEC) an­nounc­ing a by­elec­tion is likely to take place early next year.

Due to con­cerns over security, the Loilem dis­trict town­ships of Mine Shu/Mong­shu and Kyethi in south­ern Shan State had been de­clared “not con­ducive to free and fair elec­tions” by the UEC on Oc­to­ber 27 last year.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Shan Na­tion­al­i­ties Demo­cratic Party (SNDP) rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sai Tun Aung, UEC mem­ber U Aung Myint told the up­per house yes­ter­day that if con­di­tions in the town­ships are suit­able, they will be in­cluded in a gen­eral by-elec­tion.

“I asked the ques­tion be­cause these re­gions need their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to con­vey the suf­fer­ing and needs of their peo­ple,” Sai Tun Aung told the me­dia out­side par­lia­ment.

“[Vot­ing] could not be held [in 2015] be­cause of in­sta­bil­ity there. But it is peace­ful and sta­ble now.”

The ex­act date for the by-elec­tion has not yet been set, but is likely to take place in early 2017, U Aung Myint told me­dia.

Seats left va­cant for any rea­son, in­clud­ing in the in­stance of death or ill­ness of an MP, will also be con­tested in the by-elec­tion, as per sec­tion 18 of the elec­toral law.

– Trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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