Myo Yan Naung Thein: Myanmar Network for Free Election

Myo Yan Naung Thein​: Myanmar Network for Free Election

​Myo Yan Naung Thein
attend

​ed​
the roundtable discussion with EU, UEC and stakeholders of Election​. He was ​
representing Myanmar Network for Free Election, the only group who d

​id
election watch in 2010 election​ and taking ​
risk.

​ He ​
discuss​ed​
on the electoral frauds made by UEC in 2010 election and what

​need ​
to be prepared in order to prevent frauds in ​coming ​
2015 election and how to make 2015 election

​to be ​
free and fair ​a​
nd ways on which we can work together on Voter Education and Electoral Cycle Management.

​Myo Yan Naung Thein is
happy to answer any question

​regarding​
​​
MYNFREL and its works

​. ​

Myo Yan Naung Thein can be reached at ​​
09 4211 58936​, ​
09 730 21874 ​ and ​
09 731 66269

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The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Union Election Commission met with Myanmar Network for Free Election (MYNFREL)

​on 25 April 2013 ​
from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m. They discussed on election observation experience by MYNFREL in 2010 and 2012 elections and

​ ​
possible cooperation for 2015 Election.​ ​
They decided to begin cooperation at the beginning of 2014 with Voter Education nationwide.

They are happy to answer any question

​regarding​
​​
MYNFREL and its works

​. ​

You can reach ​
Myo Yan Naung Thein ​ at phones ​
09 4211 58936​,​
09 730 21874 ​ and ​
09 731 66269

​You can reach ​
Daw Cho Cho Aung ​ at phones ​
0973166269​ and ​
09 4211 58936

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Photo: The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Union Election Commission met with Myanmar Network for Free Election (MYNFREL) today from 2:00 p.m to 3:30 p.m. They discussed on election observation experience by MYNFREL in 2010 and 2012 elections and possible cooperation for 2015 Election.They decided to begin cooperation at the beginning of 2014 with Voter Education nationwide. Contact: Myo Yan Naung Thein 09 4211 58936 09 730 21874 09 731 66269 Daw Cho Cho Aung 0973166269 09 4211 58936

26 April 2013 16:47

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Electoral Stakeholders Roundtable Meeting က်င္းပ

Union Election Commission leaves parties short on time

A hluttaw representative has criticised the Union Election Commission for not giving parties enough time to prepare for a crucial meeting this Friday to discuss issues surrounding the 2015 general election.

The April 26 meeting will cover voter registration, party financing, a code of conduct for parties, voter education and civil society election monitoring, and the commission has invited individuals and organisations to participate.

But political parties said invitations were received on April 11, which left them just eight days – over the water festival holiday – to prepare a presentation to submit to the commission.

The commission said anybody was allowed to apply to give a presentation of up to 10 minutes. However, they were required to submit a soft copy of their presentation by April 19.

“We have no time to prepare to discuss the five topics stated on the invitation. During the [hluttaw] recess, I also have to help deal with the problems of the people from my constituency,” said U Thein Nyunt, chairman of the New National Democracy Party and the Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Thingangyun. “I have to prepare for motions and questions for the seventh session of the hluttaw so I will ad-lib my way through the meeting.”

He said the second discussion point, party finances, was the most important.

“It is crucial for achieving victory in the election,” he said.

Ko Myo Yan Naung Thein, founder of the Myanmar Network for Free Election, was among those invited to attend the meeting.

He said it was “a good sign” that the commission had reached out to civil society organisations, particularly election monitoring groups.

“I’m very glad to get a chance to be a participant in the discussions,” said Ko Myo Yan Naung Thein, who in late 2010 established Bayda Institute, a political science training school.

He said he would discuss the electoral fraud that the network had observed while monitoring the 2010 general election and what steps it believes should be taken to ensure the next election is “free and fair”.

“Especially I will discuss three issues: voter registration, voter education and the status of civil society observers,” he said.

The network, established in June 2010, monitored voting in all states and regions except Chin State and Tanintharyi Region.

“The 2010 election was much worse than the 2012 by-election in terms of voter registration. Thirty-seven percent of eligible voters did not vote in 2010, while others got to vote twice, particularly those who moved to Yangon from another area of the country,” he said. “Therefore, the commission needs to make sure voter lists are correct and each person is only listed in one constituency.”

He said he will also suggest the commission launch voter education programs in cooperation with political parties and civil society groups at least one month prior to the elction.

“Another important issue is that everybody has the right to observe the election,” he said. “But [the UEC] should make registration cards for those observers.

“In 2010, the commission was very strict about observing the election process but in 2012 it was open and free. Everybody could go anywhere in the polling stations. This can lead to fraud … and other irregularities. So, I’ll advise the UEC to give observers registration cards and [instruct] poll officers to record the list of observers.” – Translated by Thit lwin

http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/6498-union-election-commission-leaves-parties-short-on-time.html
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