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TWO Union Solidarity and Development Party lawmakers who were stripped of their seats last week have been replaced by a pair of National League for Democracy representatives following the decision of a special electoral tribunal.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