Wax Ballots Prevent the Vote for NLD in Moulmein

Wax Ballots Prevent the Vote for NLD in Moulmein

By Kaowao

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The election monitoring by the 88 Generation group in Burma has reported that voters in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State, have complained that the election commission put wax on the ballots. This has caused problems for those hoping to vote  for Burma’s opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) is surrounded by supporters and journalists as she leaves after visiting a polling station in the constituency where she stands as a candidate in Kawhmu on April 1, 2012. Voting began in Myanmar elections seen as a test of the government's budding reforms, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi standing for a seat in parliament for the first time. (Photo:CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT: AFP)

The group reported today that about 20 polling stations in Moulmein put wax on the side of the ballot corresponding to the NLD. When the voters requested a new one, the polling station commission denied replacing their ballots.

The election monitoring 88 Generation group found that 20 members of the USDP went around to different polling stations in Moulmein voting for their own party, each time at a different station. Two stations where this took place were at No. 3 polling station in Kyawe Kyan Kon and at No. 1 polling station in Myine Thar Yar.

The report claimed that these 20 people were not on the voting list, and in actuality, were not even Moulmein residents.  They were residents from different places.

The Irrawaddy reported that about 500 adult residents in Moulmein, in the Mon State of southern Burma have complained to the local election commission today.  Their complaints regarded missing names from the voting list, claimed Khin Htay Kywe, a leading member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) who was an elected member of parliament for the NLD in the 1990s.

Khin Htay Kywe is in Moulmein today for the election. She has told The Irrawaddy that the local election commission has not done anything to address the complaints of residents.

woman casts a vote during an early voting at a polling station in Mingala Taungnyunt Township, Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, March. 31, 2012, a day before the Myanmar’s by-election (Photo:AFP, Khin Maung Win)

She also claimed that members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) visited residents’ home, going from door-to-door, urging  local residents to vote for their party’s candidates.
There are 119 polling stations in Moulmein.



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