National voters' list 75% complete

Myanmar Eleven May 18, 2015 1:00 am #block_media{ position:relative; display:block; clear:both; } #tab_photo,#tab_video{ display:inline-block; width:60px; height:auto; padding:3px; position:absolute; top:-25px; left:500px; text-align:center; background-color:#ccc; color:#000; cursor:pointer; z-index:0; } @-moz-document url-prefix() { #tab_photo,#tab_video{ top:-26px; } } #tab_video{ left:564px; } #block_media .tab_media_active{ background-color:#0c3e6f; color:#fff; } #slides_box,.box-vdo-top{ z-index:600; } The Union Election Commission has completed 75 per cent of the national voters' list for the 2015 general elections. Eligible voters are being enlisted in several areas of the country starting with Yangon, though the election date is not yet finalised. General elections are tentatively expected to be called for late October or November.

The UEC plans to announce the voter lists nationwide on June 23.

One section of the list has already been released in 10 Yangon region townships and three others will be made public on May 25, June 8 and June 22, commission Chairman Tin Aye said during a recent electoral coordination workshop involving the commission and civil society organisations.

"I’d like to urge political parties and civil society organisations to launch campaigns to persuade people to check the lists," Tin Aye said. "As a person will have the right to vote only if he or she is on the list, people should be made aware of the importance of seeing their voters’ lists."

Eligible voters can correct mistakes on the lists at ward administration offices, the commission says.

Temporary residents of the townships must register and vote in the township where they have permanent residency, unless they are registered as guests in their current townships.

Mandalay

Twenty townships in the Mandalay region will release their preliminary voters’ lists on June 8 while the remaining eight townships will make them public two weeks later.

The initial 20 townships releasing their lists include Mandalay, Pyin Oo Lwin, Kyaukse and Myingyan districts while Nyaungoo, Yamethin and Meikhtila districts will announce theirs on June 22.

The lists will be displayed publicly for 14 days at the branch office of the election commission, Deputy Director Kyaw Kyaw Soe said.

"The voters’ lists that we are preparing now are not a perfect," Kyaw Kyaw Soe said. "Therefore, the public needs to check them. Then, if something is wrong, the lists can be corrected. Then, (voters) won't lose the right to vote."

Currently, the Mandalay region’s election officials have completed 90 per cent of the work on the lists. According to the 2010 voters’ list, there were 4,061,528 voters in the Mandalay region.

Kachin State

The Kachin State election officer Tun Aung Khaing recently said that the state has enlisted over 720,000 eligible voters so far. The state had over 750,000 eligible voters in the 2010 Election.

Yet, there will be 808 polling stations compared to 866 in 2010.

"We are using a computerised system to calculate the figures. The final figure should be higher on the election date, to include civil servants, migrant workers and internal displaced persons," he said.

He added that the current figure does not include police and military forces or and migrant workers in Hpakant and Tanine. Eligible voters in some villages have not yet been counted.

The state has witnessed intermitten war between the Kachin Independence Army and the government troops.

There are currently fifteen political parties that plan to contest in the upcoming election in Kachin State.

According to the 2014 national census, a total of 1,643,000 people live in Kachin State. Mohnyin Township is the most populous, with over 670,000 people living there, while the third most populous is is Bhamo with 340,000 people, followed by Myitkyina, with over 530,000.



Bago Region

The voter list in 28 townships is 90 per cent complete, according to Win Maung, the chairperson of the Bago Region Election Commission. The list for eight townships in Bago District will be announced on May 26, while those for Taungoo, Pyay and Tharyawady districts are expected to be announced later this month.

"We hope the lists for the remaining townships will be announced in mid-June," said Win Maung.

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