Pyigyitagun MCDC seat still in question one month after election
MORE than a month after the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) election, officials are still investigating the bid of the top votegetter in the race for Pyigyitagun township’s seat.
In the September 25 election, U Saw Han received 4712 votes while his two rivals, U Kyaw Wai Myint and U Tin Maung Aye, received 4489 and 3078 votes respectively, according to a statement from the local election commission.
But the losing candidates filed an objection against the outcome and a complaint with police, accusing others, including a local administrator, of illegal canvassing and duplicate voting using different names.
“The investigation has been delayed so long,” an MCDC official said yesterday. “The candidates who filed the complaint each had 20 witnesses so the questioning process took a fairly long time. Next we presented our findings to superiors and they are busy. Therefore, this case is delayed.”
Voters in six Mandalay Region townships selected MCDC representatives in September but only Pyigyitagun is still up in the air.
“This case is under investigation. That is why I do not want to say anything about it,” U Saw Han told The Myanmar Times in October.
Under the previous government, newly elected MCDC members took office four months after Election Day.
“The case has been delayed for nearly two months,” said U Ye Mon, who won the Amarapura township election. “If elected committee members are in place as quickly as possible, they can start working for their townships right away. If it takes a long time, the committee may have a hard time with some tasks because of an insufficient number of members.”
A total of 34 candidates contested the six elected seats on the 13-member MCDC. Mandalay’s mayor and the city’s associate secretary are joined by five members appointed by the regional government in filling out the committee.
– Translation by Zar Zar Soe