By-election slated for 2017: UEC
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