The Union Election Commission (UEC) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) jointly organized the “Training to Enhance Electoral Capacity” for the 2020 General Election at the Grand Amara Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Speaking at the opening of the three-day training, UEC Chairman U Hla Thein said his commission was arranging for successfully holding the 2020 General Elections in accordance with the five norms: free, fair, transparent, credible and reflecting the will of the people.
He then spoke about the needs of higher quality and capacity for the chairpersons and members of the sub-commissions and staff to competently perform their tasks in accordance with laws, bylaws and regulations.
The course comprises ten chapters, including formation of coordination committees, voting and vote counting, early voting, raising public awareness, election observers management, the role of the township, ward/village-tract sub-commissions, and work instruction for heads, deputy heads and members of polling stations, the UEC Chairman said.
About 300 trainees will attend in three batches, and each three-day batch will include about 100 trainees.
Currently, the compilation of the nationwide primary voters list was completed. But, the complete and accurate voters’ lists will be obtained if the compiled voters’ lists are updated in accordance with work procedures.
As there is about a year remaining to hold the 2020 General Elections, there are continuous tasks are to be done. If the tasks are performed in a punctual manner, the whole process will be much smoother, he added.
He then spoke about the needs of unbiased fairness in implementing the works of the sub-commissions to be correct and accurate, and in accordance with election laws and bylaws.
U Hla Thein also urged the trainees to systematically learn the lessons as it is a teacher training course, and interestingly note their practical experiences and knowledge to redeliver the lessons they learned without difficulties to the election sub-commissions and members of polling stations in their local places.
Afterwards, Mr Mark McDowell, the Resident Representative of International IDEA’s Myanmar Office, made a remark. The first day of the course then continued after commemorative photos had been taken.
A total of 104 trainees from the region/state, district and township level sub-commissions attended the first-day training.
Also present at the opening event were Union Election Commission (UEC) members and officials from the UEC office, officials from the International IDEA. —MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)