Military leader says election to be held under any circumstances

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Nay Pyi Taw, January (25)

Since Myanmar is practicing a multi-party democratic system, the military leader asserted that efforts must be made to hold free and fair elections under any circumstances.

At the military council’ meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw on January 23, military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, remarked that they have reached an agreement in principle with the EAOs that attended the peace talks to strengthen the multi-party democratic system and build a union system based on democracy and federalism.

Therefore, in order to be able to hold elections throughout the country, the military leader said that all citizens should be able to vote freely without being threatened or coerced.

The military leader said that after the state of emergency, a free and fair multi-party democratic general election will be held again in accordance with the 2008 Constitution.

He added that the military council will discuss their need to hand over the responsibility of the country to the party that wins the election in accordance with democratic standards.

In addition, it is important to enact the political party registration law for the election, so the necessary requirements will be reviewed and approved, he said.

Political parties point out that, amid the current political turmoil and conflict, there is uncertainty about holding the election and there may be security concerns.

The Union Election Commission should allow political parties to register, but these parties must not violate the constitution, according to the military leader.

 In addition, the military leader said that the voter lists will be correct only when correct data is obtained from the entire country, and that an impartial and systematic election is necessary in order to hold the election.

Currently, the military council is compiling population data for the general election starting on January 9, and during that time, data collectors and election commission offices have been attacked at least ten times.

News-Than Lwin Times

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