Chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi was visiting house after house in the village of Kyitaungkan in Naypyidaw on Saturday to talk to residents about the importance of checking township voter lists for this year’s general election.
The move comes following some controversy over mistakes and omissions on the current voter registrars, copies of which have been placed on public notice boards in towns and villages across the country.
The NLD in particular has complained to the Union Election commission about the large number of irregularities affecting the party’s supporters.
After an NLD central committee meeting last week decided to focus on verifying voter lists, party leader Suu Kyi invited the media to join her as she stepped up the campaign.
DVB reporter Paing Soe was among the journalists on the walkabout.
“She [Suu Kyi] first asked the people if they had seen the voter list and, if they had spotted any mistakes. If so, she asked whether they had contacted anyone in authority,” he said. “Then she sat and explained to residents that the upcoming election is crucial for the future. She also distributed voter education pamphlets.”
She told people that if they were intimidated when trying to correct the voter list, they should report the matter to their respective police station.
The Union Election Commission has responded to initial criticism about mistakes on the lists by saying they are merely draft versions, and that citizens can simply inform the commission of any mistakes.
The voter lists form the registrars that will be held at polling stations on election day, which is slated for some time in October or November.
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