Lack of pay hinders recruitment of electoral workers

DSCF5332Myitkyina, 23 March—Election sub-commissions struggle to attract workers due to a lack of pay, participants in an election reporting course heard on 20 March.
“We are carrying out our tasks voluntarily without getting any salary or fees from the government,” Chairman of Kachin State Election Sub-commission U Nyung Shwe told media at the course held at Hotel Madira in Myitkyina, Kachin State.
Although the chairman of the Union Election Commission and members receive salaries from the government, chairmen and members of region, state, district and township sub-commissions do not receive payment until after the fourth year of the five-year government term. They are given daily allowance and travel allowance when they attend the meetings.
The Union Election Commission cancelled the 2012 by-election for Pyithu Hluttaw representatives in three townships in Kachin State without explanation, raising questions from the media about its authority. GNLM-001

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