Poll stations to be set up at the beginning of November

October 26th, 2010

Khatter Non : Poll stations for Burma’s November 7th elections will be set up on on the first day of the month, sources in Three Pagodas Pass (TPP) and and Mon State claim.

Polling officers from both TPP and Mon State claim that poll stations will be largely set up in schools, Village Peace and Development Council offices, and government office departments. In a few instances, polls will need to be built. Poll preparations are due to be finished by November 4th.

A polling booth officer from TPP reported that the TPP election commission has already completed the signboards for the local poll station, which contain the candidate lists, and the constituencies they are running for: the Pyithu Hluttaw (or Lower  House , the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House), the State or Regional Hluttaw, and ethnic minority constituencies.

“The poll stations will conclude [construction] three days before the election. The signboard to stick up for the election has been finished and it just remains to put it up. Currently our 16 commission members are sharing the duties [for the TPP poll station],” the polling booth officer said.

A sub-group of the Election Commission called the “Commission for preparing polling stations” will take responsibility for preparing and building poll stations for the elections.

“We have 12 members on the Commission of polling booth officers, and the  Commission for preparing polling stations is 20 members. There are 1,500 eligible voters in my village who must finish voting [on election day],” said a polling booth officer from Thanphyuzayart Township, who asked that the name of his village be witheld. Continue reading “Poll stations to be set up at the beginning of November”

USDP candidate trades free temporary ID card for votes in Phakant

The former Northern Regional Commander of the Burmese military and the People’s Parliament Candidate for the junta’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Ohn Myint, is offering free, temporary identity cards to voters while campaigning in Kachin State, Northern Burma.

Yellow, temporary national identity cards have been distributed to the people who have no ID card in Phakant jade mining town (Hpakan in Kachin) in, Kachin State, local people said.

ohn-myint_260_200Former Kachin State (Northern Command) commander Maj-Gen Ohn Myint. Photo: Kachin News Group

The ID card is being given out at the local immigration office. It has no photograph, only the name, address and the registration number of the person given the card, according to the quarter authority.

Ohn Myint is also giving money to local people as he campaigns.

“He is giving ten thousand kyat in 100 notes and 50 kyat of coin,” according to a Phakant resident who received the money.

Local people said army officers helped Ohn Myint collect one million kyats from each local jade trader, which he used to organize his campaign.

He also ordered local officials to distribute his biographical data and money to the people.

Local people who received the money and ID card have to vote for Ohn Myit and the USDP whether they like it or not, said the resident.

He said a national ID card normally costs at least 140,000 kyats.


Invitation to a Roundtable Discussion “Ethnic Perspectives on the 2010 Election and Beyond”

Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai TV) and Burma Concern, RCSD, Chiang Mai University

invite you to join

A Roundtable Discussion:
“Ethnic Perspectives on the 2010 Election
and Beyond”

Date: 29 October 2010

Time: 13.00-16.30
Venue: Meeting Room, Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University

Opening speeches by Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (Chiang Mai University) and Thepchai Yong, Director of Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS). Speakers include Assist Prof. Wirat Niyomtham and representatives from various ethnic communities in Burma.

Moderator: Nattha Komolwathin, Thai PBS

Internet live broadcasting at http://www.tvthainetwork.com/live/
English-Thai  translation will  be provided.
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