Pyi­gy­ita­gun MCDC seat still in ques­tion one month af­ter elec­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

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

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