Myanmar to launch door-to-door voter list survey

PLANS are underway to register voters nationwide through door-to-door visits in order to ensure accuracy in future elections, the Union Election Commission (UEC) announced in the Pyithu Hluttw yesterday.
“Based on the voters’ list compiled before the 2015 general election, election officials and ward or village-tract authorities will go door-to-door to
register eligible voters across the country,” said U Hla Tint, a member of the UEC.
“Renewing the voter lists is aimed at improving their accuracy in the next election,” added the UEC member in his response to a comment from Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Nay Myo Htet of Kyauktada Constituency, who said new voter lists should be compiled because there were incorrect voter lists ahead of the 2015 general election.
“Inaccurate voter lists were compiled in my township,” said the MP, stressing the need to guarantee the rights of eligible voters by renewing voter lists across the country.
According to the UEC member, a pilot project to improve the list of voters will be conducted in Yangon Region’s Kyauktada Township this June, and the process of compiling nationwide voters’ lists will be carried out in cooperation with political parties, civil society organisations and international organisations.
The UEC plans to launch a poster campaign and voter education programmes for radio and television in order to encourage participation in the nationwide voter-list compilation process.
There were more
than 23 million eligible voters included in the voters’ list compiled ahead of the previous general election.—Thein Ko Lwin

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