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NLD distributes ‘How to Vote’ guide

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – A basic primer on voting is being sent throughout the country by the National League for Democracy (NLD) to educate voters prior to the April 1 by-election.

NLD spokesperson Ohn KyaingCommissioned by the NLD, the 40-page book, “How to Vote in the Coming Election,” written by law expert Ko Ni, also educates people on how to spot electoral fraud.
NLD information committee official Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima, “We have NLD canvassing officials in villages and townships. They can read the book and explain it to others.”

The book covers how to vote, people who are qualified to cast an advanced vote, how to count votes and how to take actions against electoral fraud.

Peace and Diversity Party chairman Nay Myo Wai told Mizzima that there were all types of voter fraud in the 2010 general election, and people need to be educated to detect similar acts in the April 1 by-election.
“If there is electoral fraud, the person who commits the fraud is not totally to blame; the people [whose votes are stolen] should also be blamed because a thief will steal. So to prevent electoral fraud, honest voters need to watch the electoral process systematically. Only watching the processes carefully can you avoid voting theft,” he said.
In the 2010 general election, which the NLD did not contest, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won 882 parliamentary seats (76.5 percent) out of total of 1,154 seats. Many electoral fraud cases were reported and some political parties filed formal complaints to the Election Commission.
The book sells for 300 kyat each and can be purchased at the People’s Era Journal House.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 February 2012 12:06 )  

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