Myanmar Election Commission pours cold water on the Army’s claims of election fraud

Tensions are high in Myanmar with rumours swirling of a potential navy coup. Some in the management of the Burmese military have overtly circulated inflammatory statements concerning potential electoral fraud. The US embassy, along with sixteen different international locations including former colonial power Britain and EU nations, launched an announcement yesterday urging for the military “adhere to democratic norms”. They’ve expressed their issues following November’s elections and allegations of “electoral misconduct”. The claims comply with the landslide victory for the National League for Democracy with Aung San Suu Kyi as their chief.
Fears grew this week after Myanmar’s influential military chief Gen Min Aung Hlaing echo sentiments of President Win Myint after he said the country’s structure might be “revoked” beneath sure circumstances.
Some highly effective army officers allege there have been 10 million circumstances of voter fraud nationwide, a claim they demand is investigated. They’ve also demanded the release of voters lists from the election fee for verification.
The the country’s election fee released an announcement on Thursday defending the scenario, stating that the polls had been “free, fair and credible”, and had “reflected the will of the people”.
In a 6 page assertion on its Facebook page, the Election Commission stated that it was investigating 287 complaints, however that on the entire, voting was carried out fairly and transparently on November 8.
“In this election, weaknesses and errors in voters lists can’t trigger voting fraud.”
Myanmar is just 10 years into a interval of quasi-democracy after practically 50 years of strict army rule. But even now the federal government rule though the filter of a junta-authored structure that leaves the elected civilian administration having to work via the country’s generals.
The situation is much like Thailand the place the a army junta that seized energy in May 2014 re-write the country’s structure putting in a Junta-appointed Senate to oversee all issues raised through the elected decrease home, following the March 2019 nationwide election.
The tensions eased slightly yesterday when the Myanmar Supreme Court postponed considering allegations of electoral misconduct by President Win Myint and the election commission chairman Hla Thein.
President Win Myint is seen as an necessary ally and placeholder for State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the actual head of presidency in Myanmar but is constitutionally barred from the presidency.
The country’s military has been alleging widespread voter irregularities since November’s common election. Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy received the election in a landslide. It captured 396 out of 476 seats, paving the way for one more 5 yr term. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party gained solely 33 of the 476 seats.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the primary and incumbent State Counsellor of Myanmar, she can additionally be the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD).
In an announcement from the US embassy, the Ambassador expressed hopes that Myanmar’s parliament would sit, on schedule this Monday.
“We sit up for the peaceable convening of the Parliament on February 1 and the election of the president and speakers. We oppose any try to change the end result of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition.”
November’s polls have been solely the second ‘democratic’ elections Myanmar has has hosted since rising from a draconian half century of navy dictatorship.
Khin Zaw Win, a political analyst in Yangon and former political prisoner, suggested the military was signalling its intention to intervene in the country’s politics. Speaking to the South China Morning Post….
“The military’s plan of action is far clearer now. As Smooth sailing as it sounds, army chief Min Aung Hlaing’s argument is supposed to melt the blow of abrogating the 2008 structure.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also raised “great concern” over Myanmar’s current developments..

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