Two MPs re­placed by NLD run­ners-up

The Myanmar Times - - News -

TWO Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party law­mak­ers who were stripped of their seats last week have been re­placed by a pair of Na­tional League for Democ­racy rep­re­sen­ta­tives fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion of a spe­cial elec­toral tri­bunal.

The two men, who rep­re­sented Man­dalay’s Yame­thin town­ship in the Pyithu Hlut­taw and the re­gional par­lia­ment re­spec­tively, were found to have vi­o­lated a 2014 elec­toral com­mis­sion di­rec­tive re­lat­ing to re­li­gious cam­paign­ing.

The new re­gional par­lia­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Yame­thin, U Aung Myo Oo, said he and the other los­ing NLD can­di­date launched a protest over the tac­tics em­ployed by their USDP op­po­nents, U Ko Ko Naing and U Kyaw Myint, dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign.

A com­plaint was filed claim­ing that the two men had staged a cam­paign­like event, cel­e­brat­ing the pas­sage of the four “race and re­li­gion” laws pro­moted by Bud­dhist na­tion­al­ists last Novem­ber.

The NLD can­di­dates’ ob­jec­tions were ini­tially re­jected by the elec­toral com­mis­sion but they chose to ap­peal to a spe­cial tri­bunal des­ig­nated un­der elec­tion law, U Aung Myo Oo added.

U Aung Myo Oo will now take his seat in the Man­dalay Re­gion leg­is­la­ture, while fel­low NLD can­di­date U Tun Tun Win will take the place of U Ko Ko Naing in the Pyithu Hlut­taw.

The two ousted USDP rep­re­sen­ta­tives said they were dis­ap­pointed by the spe­cial tri­bunal’s de­ci­sion, which al­lowed them to be re­placed un­der sec­tion 75(a) of Myan­mar’s elec­tion law.

“Al­though I have been re­moved from my po­si­tion as a Pyithu Hlut­taw rep­re­sen­ta­tive, I will keep co­op­er­at­ing with rel­e­vant de­part­ments and con­tinue to do good for the peo­ple of my con­stituency,” said U Ko Ko Naing, who also serves as vice chair of the Le­gal Af­fairs and Spe­cial Cases As­sess­ment Com­mis­sion. The rul­ing does not re­quire that he for­feit that post. – Maung Zaw, trans­la­tion by

Win Thaw Tar

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