MCDC incumbent contests municipal election result
AN incumbent member of Mandalay City Development Committee has launched a protest against the results of September’s elections in which he lost his seat to one of the many challengers in the hotly contested local contest.
U Kyay Wai Myint, the current MCDC representative for Pyigyitagun township, has filed a complaint with police against the election’s winner U Saw Han, a ward administrator and 600 household heads under the Mandalay City Development Committee Law.
“It is alleged that the administrator of Chan Mya Tharsi township encouraged people from other townships to vote in the election for the Pyigyitagun seat on the committee. There have also been allegations made of name-changing in polling stations and campaigning outside of polling booths,” a police representative said.
A CSO in the region, the Myitta Campaign group, has said that campaigning by household heads occurred outside a number of polling booths on election day.
Another of the losing candidates for the same seat, U Tin Maung Aye, has also protested the results.
“Two losing candidates have protested the election of the winning candidate for Pyigyitagun township. We will investigate their claims and make a decision shortly,” an MCDC official told The Myanmar Times.
U Saw Han won the election’s preliminary result with 4712 votes, just ahead of U Kyay Wai Myint who received 4489 votes.
U Kyay Wai Myint said that he expected to receive the MCDC’s verdict on his protest shortly.
Once the matter has been settled, the six winners of September’s election will take their places on the 13seat committee, alongside five representatives picked by the regional government, the municipality’s major and an associate secretary.
U Saw Han and U Tin Maung Aye declined to comment on the case while the investigation is ongoing.
– Translation by Khant Lin Oo