Election 2015 roundup: 11 May

Election 2015 roundup: 11 May

NLD election awareness campaign

The National League for Democracy (NLD) has started implementing an awareness raising project for voters ahead of the elections. Public workshops will cover poll procedures and electoral regulations. NLD spokesperson Nyan Win told DVB that the party’s legal advisory committee are preparing a booklet with essential details about the elections, expressed in easy-to-understand terms. Copies of the booklets will be distribute to voters at workshops which are being organised by teams across the country.

“Some of the teams are already heading to their assigned regions to organise the workshops to provide useful information for the voters regarding the elections,” said Nyan Win.

Shan Nationalities: To run or not to run?

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy party is yet to decide whether to compete in this year’s elections or not. The party’s General-Secretary Sai Nyunt Lwin said the decision will depend on the political situation in the run-up to the election.

“Our party’s central committee are yet to make a decision about competing in the elections. At this moment, we have no position regarding the elections whatsoever. That decision will only be made based on the political scenario in the country when we approach the polls,” said Sai Nyunt Lwin.

USDP organises victory strategy meeting

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party’s central committee are planning a meeting in May to draw up a strategy to ensure electoral victory. A list of the party’s candidates for the elections and their constituencies are also tipped to be announced in the meeting.

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“The voters need to think with their brains, and not only with their hearts. They need to see the bigger picture when they cast their votes, because every vote counts,” said party executive member Aung Thein Linn.

Farmers’ party

Recruits to the Myanmar Farmers Development Party (MFDP) in Kathithkon village, in Pegu Division’s Thanatpin Township, have said the party is yet to deliver on its promise of providing a 60,000 kyat (US$60) monthly stipend to individuals for membership to the party.

The MFDP’s Kathithkon branch chairman said the party had used up a large share of its allocated budget when paying for travel expenses for the party members who had visited the village.

Interim Press Council

The Interim Myanmar Press Council is drafting a code of conduct to be followed by state-owned and private media when covering the 2015 elections, according to Dr Myint Kyi, a member of the Union Election Commission. She said political parties and the media must negotiate to find resolutions when disagreements arise concerning election reports.

Migrant voters in Tenasserim

The Tenasserim Division Election Commission has said that around 300,000 of some 700,000 eligible voters in the region are living in Thailand as migrant workers. The divisional commission is considering ways to allow them able to vote from Thailand in the upcoming election, he says.

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