UEC agrees to extend poll campaign period to 60 days

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The Union Election Commission agreed Tuesday to extend the election campaign period from 30 days to 60 days, according to politicians who attended a co-ordination meeting among the UEC and the political parties.
The chairman of the UEC has pledged to legalize the extension of the poll campaign period as soon as possible, said U Kyaw, secretary of the New National Democracy Party.  During the meeting with the UEC, representatives from the political parties expressed their voices for deciding which voting system would be practiced in the upcoming 2015 election by next month.
In November last year, the Electoral System Review Commission of the Pyithu Hluttaw objected the Amyotha Hluttaw’s approval in June of a proportional representation (PR) system, deciding that a “first-past-the-post” (FPTP) voting system is best suited in Myanmar. The issue will be put to the vote at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
Regarding the issue of temporary national registration card or “white cards” holders who have been disenfranchised, U Tin Aye, chairman of the UEC, said those who are eligible under the 1982 Citizen Law can apply for a national citizenship registration card at respective national registration offices, according to the participants in the meeting.
A next co-ordination meeting between the UEC and the political parties is expected in April, according to the participants. Representatives from 62 political parties and two international non-governmental organizations participated in the meeting with the UEC.
At UEC branch in Yangon, the chairman of UEC and party discussed voter education with the chairman of Myanmar Press Council (Interim) and officials.

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