UEC, IFES cosponsor workshop on appraising electoral data

UEC Chairman U Hla Thein delivers the speech at the opening ceremony for a workshop on appraising and administering electoral data. Photo: MNA
UEC Chairman U Hla Thein delivers the speech at the opening ceremony for a workshop on appraising and administering electoral data. Photo: MNA

An opening ceremony for a workshop on appraising and administering electoral data, cosponsored by the Union Election Commission (UEC) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), was held in the training hall of the UEC office in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
UEC Chairman U Hla Thein attended the opening ceremony along with other UEC members and officials, election officials from state and region election sub-commissions, and IFES officials.
The UEC Chairman spoke at the opening ceremony saying that the main objective of the UEC is to ensure the election process is properly carried out. He added that the success of an election process is not solely credited to the UEC but also to the sub-commissions whose members from all levels of management carried out their duties.
The UEC Chairman said future necessary management operations will need to be based on the previous election’s facts. He said an election process requires preplanning the budget, compiling the electoral roll, examining and verifying the number of ballots, the number of voting booths, and tallying the votes, among other procedures.
The 2020 general elections will be conducted based on facts from the 2015 general elections, said the UEC Chairman. He said this will ensure the 2020 elections have a smoother performance. He said the numbers and figures need a clearer presentation to have a more effective reviewing process.
The UEC Chairman said the workshop will teach members of the UEC and sub-commissions how to organize, format and appraise the electoral data. He said the UEC and sub-commissions need to ensure the electoral data is authentic and formatted properly.
The UEC compiles all the data from sub-commissions and processes it, which is why it is important for sub-commissions to make sure the data they have sent is free of errors, said the UEC Chairman.
He concluded by saying the sub-election commissions, who are the backbone for the success of the election process, need to give their all in the workshop so that they may acquire the skills necessary for preplanning in the election process and for implementing its progress.
The workshop began soon after and will be held for two days. — MNA

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