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Municipal Election: Lack Of Public Interest Remains Challenges: Pace

22 March 2019

Yangon municipal election is drawing near but the lack of public interest remains as a main challenge for coming municipal election, the Program Manager from People Alliance from Creditable Election (PACE) said.  277 candidates will compete for over 100 seats in the coming election.

The municipal election will be held on March 31st under the new Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) Law, which came into effect on June 28th that supplements the 2013 Municipal Law.

The main transformation of this time municipal election is that everyone of 18 year old and above can cast their ballot. In 2014 municipal election, only one person per household got a chance to cast a ballot.

In coming municipal election, every eligible person has a chance to vote and choose the best candidates who can carry out the activities for regional development, since it is the right of all persons who residing in the region.

Program Manager, People Alliance for Credible Election (PACE), Han Soe Tun said “As the Yangon City Development Committee has responsibility to solve the daily challenges of local communities such as roads and bridges, water drainage system, waste management and pollution processes in the region, we-the voters need to elect the best candidate who will work the member of YCDC to implement those processes effectively in the near future. So, the voters have only a chance to choose the members of YCDC in coming election.”

One of the locals who residing in Hlaing township expressed his hopes to choose the best candidate for regional development after the election period.

Resident, Hlaing Township, Hla Moe said “I will cast a ballot in the election day, because it’s really important for the development of our region. In Yangon, I want to be systematic in waste management and environmental issue for the city development.”

Currently, there has more than 3million eligible voters in Yangon region for coming municipal election. PACE will conduct the election observation process with the participation of local volunteers to be free and fair election with short term and long term period.

Program Manager, People Alliance for Credible Election (PACE), Han Soe Tun said “We have Observe Yangon campaign to monitor the pre and post election procedures as we don’t want to lose the rights of eligible voters in the coming municipal election. We will give one-day training to all volunteers and they have to report us if they found any strange situation in the polling station.”

Pace already has more than 400 volunteers who will take part in the monitoring process on the election day.

Volunteer, Aye Nyein Mon said “This municipal election is very important for all of us since the role of YCDC is rely on our regional development. I will also serve as an observer to monitor the election procedures in the election day.”

The election is up for two different levels-Yangon City Development Committee member (Central Level) election and Township level member election. And there will be a total of 105 seats up for grabs, 99 at the township level — three seats each in 33 townships — and six for the YCDC’s executive board.