Training is to be offered to political parties in Burma so that they can provide information to voters about polling procedures, ahead of the general elections slated to take place in November.
The Union Election Commission (UEC) is providing the week-long courses from 7 May. Ten parties per course have been scheduled, in order of party registration number.
“We are inviting political party representatives to attend the courses on educating voters about the polls,” said Hla Maung Cho, deputy-director of the UEC.
The Mro Nationalities Development Party, National Unity Party (NUP), Lahu National Development Party, Kokang Democracy and Unity Party, Pa-O National League and the Democratic Party-Myanmar are among the first batch of parties invited to the course along with regional- and district-level election officials.
Han Shwe, a member of the NUPs central committee, said, “The UEC previously pitched an idea to media workers and to political parties on educating voters about the elections.
“My assumption is that the UEC are implementing a strategy to ensure successful elections through cooperation between the electoral body, media, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and political parties.”
A total of 73 political parties are eligible to compete in the upcoming general election slated for the end of this year, with 14 more pending approval as the deadline for party registration passed on 30 April.
Last week a Belgium-based think tank issued a report which warned of security risks ahead of the elections, and suggested that polling would not take place in northern Kachin and Shan states.
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