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Burmese political parties invited to meeting on electoral laws

New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Burmese Election Commission has called all 37 registered political parties to a meeting to explain electoral laws.

Democratic Party (Myanmar) chairman Thu Wei in white shirt. Photo: MizzimaHowever, Democratic Party (Myanmar) (DPM) chairman Thu Wei said that the people who are mostly responsible for violating election law are township and ward-level election commissions.
He told Mizzima: “The invitation says the purpose of the meeting is to explain electoral laws and rules but those who violated these rules and laws are not the political parties––they are election commissions at different levels and government officials. I think they should explain the laws and rules more to these government officials and commissions.”

Union Election Commission (UEC) chairman Tin Aye sent invitations for two members of all 37 political parties to attend a meeting in Naypyitaw on Wednesday.
Election laws and rules were enacted and promulgated in early March 2010.
An alliance of 10 parties calling themselves “Friends of Democracy” met in Rangoon on Thursday to make plans to attend the meeting.

“We will present our review on drawbacks and weaknesses encountered in the last general election,” Thu Wei said, although he added that it was not clear if the government would allow the alliance to present its views.
Charges of electoral abuse malpractice were rampant in the general election. Thirty cases were filed with the UEC of which the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) filed 27 cases.
The Friends of Democracy group includes National Democratic Force (NDF), DPM, Democracy and Peace Party, Union Democracy Party, and Karen, Shan, Mon, Chin and Rakhine parties. The 10 political parties plan to contest in the by-election in 40 constituencies and submitted their candidates on July 18.
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