Two incumbents, four new faces elected to MCDC
THE results of the hotly contested Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) election are in: Two incumbents, along with four new members, have been elected to the six vacant seats on the committee, according to an MCDC spokesperson.
Five incumbents stood for re-election to the 13-member committee. Of the incumbents, U Zaw Myo Lwin, who also is known as U Moe, from Chan Aye Tharzan township, was reelected with 4159 votes, as was U Ye Mon from Amarapura township with 13,909 votes.
In a statement following his reelection, U Ye Mon thanked his supporters and set out his policy goals for the coming term.
“I will work with officials to ensure the long-term existence of Taungthaman Lake and U Bein Bridge in Amarapura township. I will try to bring city development works to the villages in Amarapura township that have not yet been reached and I will prioritise making Amarapura a cleaner place,” he said.
The four newly elected members to MCDC are U Khine Myint for Aung May Tharzan township; U Kyaw Zaya for Chan Aye Tharzan township; U Kyaw Zaw Aung for Maha Aung Myay township; and U Saw Han for Pyigyitagun township.
Voters urged the new MCDC members to keep their promises once they take their seats on the committee.
“During the campaign, the candidates said that they would do what the voters wanted and it is important that they fulfill their promises once they are elected,” said one Mandalay resident, U Min Htet Nyein Chan.
The MCDC spokesperson announcing the results was keen to stress that they were provisional results only. Unsuccessful candidates have a week to lodge protests, which will be examined by officials, he said.
Low voter turnout numbers marred the elections, which were held for only the second time in MCDC’s history.
Just over 100,000 households came out to vote in the elections, which were held for six townships.
While this is almost a 43 percent increase on the previous election’s figures of 70,000 households, according the MCDC spokesperson, it is still a low turnout when considering the actual number of households in the six townships.
The election follows the decision of the regional government on July 7 to vacate 11 of the 13 seats on the committee.
The 13-member committee consists of the mayor and the associate secretary, five members appointed by the regional government, and six elected representatives.
Currently, the seats reserved for regional government appointees have not yet been filled.
When asked, the joint secretary of MCDC, U Thet Naing Tun, could not say when the newly elected committee members or the regional government appointees would begin their terms.
Voters at a polling booth in Pyigyitagun township.