MCDC in­cum­bent con­tests mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion re­sult

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­

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

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