Mawlamyine University faculty, law students visit Union Election Commission

UEC Chairman meets with faculty members and students of Department of Law from Mawlamyine University on an observation trip to Union Election Commission in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
UEC Chairman meets with faculty members and students of Department of Law from Mawlamyine University on an observation trip to Union Election Commission in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

The Chairman of the Union Election Commission – (UEC), UEC members, and officials from the UEC office received an observation group from Mawlamyine University, led by the head professor of the Department of Law and including 6 faculty members and 68 fifth-year law students, at the meeting hall of the UEC office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
UEC Chairman U Hla Thein delivered an address at the meeting hall, and first explained that the UEC is formed with 7 members, including the chairman, and that the main task of the UEC is to facilitate elections. He said a byelection to elect Hluttaw representatives and vacant constituents is held once the general election is completed. He said the election timeline can be divided into three parts; the pre-election period, the election period, and the post-election period.
The chairman said the pre-election period is a time for amending laws and by-laws, strategic planning, and providing legal training and operational training to the staff and the relevant sub-commissions. He said the election period is for ensuring voters can exercise their voting rights, a peaceful transaction of the election, and for announcing the results of the election. He said the post-election period is for forming tribunals to review and respond to notes of protest concerning the election.
The UEC successfully carried out the 2017 byelections after 2015, and will carry out the 2018 byelections on 3 November, said the chairman.
The chairman said all countries that adhere to a democratic system holds elections. He said elections allow citizens to elect and appoint Hluttaw representatives whom they trust will implement the three branches of government, them being the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. He said the UEC carries out these responsibilities while maintaining their five policies of freedom, equality, transparency, mutual trust, and results that conform with the will of the nation’s citizens.
The chairman said that since the observation group present is made up of law students, they would have to observe and discover about election laws and bylaws, electoral process and procedures, the importance of an election for a nation, and the responsibility of the citizens, so that they disseminate this information to the public and be involved in the national establishment process, no matter how small the role may seem.
Next, the UEC officials gave explanations about their respective department’s processes. This was followed by a Q&A session between the students and UEC officials, after which the UEC Chairman delivered the closing speech and concluded the event. —MNA

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