Election body to investigate allegations; group publishes report

Election body to investigate allegations; group publishes report

Rangoon division’s Election Commission (EC) chairman said they have assembled teams to investigate allegations concerning ballots that had been tampered with during the April by-elections.

“We have formed four teams to open investigations in the four townships. They will begin work on Monday,” said Ko Ko, the Rangoon division’s EC chairman.

“We are opening these investigations under the direction of the Union Election Commission.”

He said the investigations would occur in Kawhmu, Mingalar Taungnyunt, Dagon Seikkan and Mayangon townships.

The National League for Democracy filed official complaints with the UEC on 1 April, claiming that the party’s candidates’ checkboxes on some ballots were covered with wax, which could be wiped off thus nullifying the vote.

While official investigations commenced, the 88 Generation Students, which independently monitored the polls, published their election report.

During a press conference yesterday, the group’s leader Min Ko Naing said the report, which was published in English and Burmese, was a basic summation of the group’s findings. Min Ko Naing said the group would publish a more detailed report next month.

On the whole, the group was ‘satisfied’ with the elections, but provided a list of areas that needed improvement, including using higher quality ballots and providing poll officials with better training.

The 88 Generation Students founded the independent poll-monitoring network before the by-elections to ensure that the contest was free and fair.

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