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88-Generation group to monitor election


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – An election-monitoring network has been formed by the 88-Generation student group to observe the lead-up to the Burmese election and the voting process on April 1.
Left to right, 88-Generation student leaders Jimmy, Hla Myo Naung, Htay Kywe, Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi, Mya Aye, Min Zaya and Aung Thu at a press conference in Rangoon in January 2012. Photo: Mizzima88-Generation student leader Mee Mee told Mizzima on Friday the election monitors would observe the election campaign, the voting, the Election Commission branch offices and the vote counting process. It will also document reports by the news media of election complaints and irregularities.

Participants in the 88-generation network will include leaders Ko Ko Gyi and Hla Myo Naung; Ant Bwe Kyaw of Generation Wave will also take part, she said.
 
Following the election, the group will issue a report. They are undertaking the project, she said, to improve the campaign and voting process in the 2015 election.

The 88-Generation group released a statement on Friday, saying network members will be at selected polling stations in the 48 constituencies where the election will be held.  
 
The participation of the 88-Generation group is a good sign Democratic Party (Myanmar) chairman Thu Wai told Mizzima.

Noting widespread reports of tainted election rolls, he said, “Although the Union Election Commission talks about holding a free and fair election, we see signs of unfairness in its branch offices. So the more election monitoring groups that are formed, the better.”
 
National Unity Party spokesman Han Shwe told Mizzima, “Whoever tries to make elections free and fair, it’s good thing.”
 
Meanwhile, the Burmese government has invited observers and journalists from Asean-member countries, the U.S., the E.U. and other countries to monitor the by-elections. The monitors will arrive in the country three days before the voting begins.

On the other hand, Asian Networks for Free Elections executive director Somsri Hananuntasuk and her assistants, who arrived in Rangoon this week, were told by Burmese authorities to leave the country on Tuesday. She was trying to obtain permission from the authorities to have non-government observers monitor the election. The non-government group has its headquarters in Bangkok.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 March 2012 02:59 )  
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