The Union Election Commission (UEC) Chairman U Hla Thein addressed an opening ceremony of the Myanmar School of Politics (MySoP ) 8th Alumni Forum held at Grand Amara Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
Present at the ceremony were Ambassador of the Netherlands Mr Wouter Jurgens, Ambassador of Finland Mrs Riikka Laatu, officials from UEC Office, MySoP course attendees from election sub-commissions and political parties, NIMD/Demo Finland officials and MySoP officials.
First, UEC Chairman and officials took commemorative group photo with ceremony attendees.
In his speech delivered at the opening ceremony UEC Chairman said MySoP was a joint program of the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and Political Parties of Finland for Democracy (Demo Finland), working under an MoU with the UEC. It was a school that was assisting and supporting towards establishment and development of a democracy system in Myanmar. MySoP focuses on strengthening the democratic role of politicians & political parties at the region/state level, and enhances the practice of multiparty dialogues. At the moment about 250 had completed courses.
In the forum, election campaigning matters will be discussed. Code of Conduct (CoC) for Political Parties Hluttaw candidates were practiced since 2015 and it was being amended to be in accord with the time and era. In addition to abiding by the CoC in the past election coordinating committees were formed resulting in reducing of conflicts and arguments. Emphasis must be placed toward abiding by the laws and rules in discussing election campaigning matters. Political parties are to thrive in a democracy system and were to abide by the laws and rules enacted in order to do so. UEC will conduct 2020 General Election according to the five norms of free, fair, transparent, credible and reflecting the will of the people said the UEC Chairman.
The ceremony came to a close after Ambassador of the Netherlands to Myanmar, Ambassador of Finland to Myanmar and officials from NIMD/Demo Finland delivered speeches.—MNA
(Translated by Zaw Min)