Election 2020 Live News

Myanmar Election ‘Free and Fair’, Japanese Observer Team Chief Says

The head of the Japanese election observer team, Yohei Sasakawa, who is also the chairman of the Nippon Foundation, said on Monday that despite initial complaints of voting cancellations in ethnic areas and restrictions on campaigning activities, he believed the international community should recognize Myanmar’s election as free and fair, based on his observations on election day. He said he witnessed high voter turnout, adding that the election went smoothly despite the fact that voters and officials had to deal with COVID-19 prevention measures.

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Myanmar Poll Monitor Says It Found No Serious Problems With Voting, Vote Counting in Sunday’s Election

Myanmar’s largest election observer group, PACE, said on Monday it had found no major irregularities in terms of securing ballots, vote counting or the identification of invalid ballots on election day on Sunday, in its preliminary findings.

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NLD Says It Has Enough Seats to Form Govt, Based on Preliminary Results

Dr. Myo Nyunt, a member of the National League for Democracy’s Central Committee, said on Monday the party had already secured more than enough votes to form the next government, according to initial counts. The country’s electoral body, the Union Election Commission, has yet to finalize the official poll results.

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NLD Well Ahead in Karen State Except for Papun Township

NLD candidates are leading in the races for more than 30 of the 36 seats in Karen State’s seven townships; the exceptions are in Papun Township, where votes are still being counted but the USDP appeared to have claimed three seats so far. In 2015, all of Papun Township’s four constituencies were won by the USDP.

U Than Naing, the current minister of planning, finance and municipal affairs for Karen State and the head of the NLD’s election campaign for the state, said the NLD tried to win as many seats as possible in order to be able to form the government.

“We are leading in the results, but in some places votes are still being counted, so the results will be clear only in the afternoon,” he told The Irrawaddy at 10 a.m. on Monday.

U Than Naing said the party’s candidates are leading in Paan Township, the constituency of current Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nang Khin Htwe Myint.

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NLD Claims 30 of 39 Townships in Chin State So Far

With votes still being counted, the NLD has won in 30 out of 39 seats in Chin State in the 2020 general election, according to Salai Issac Khen, the head of the NLD campaign for Chin State.

The ruling party is leading in a few more seats in Tedim and Tunzum townships, where votes are still being counted. But these two townships are strongholds of the Zomi Congress for Democracy party.

Among Chin State’s nine townships this year, the NLD won most of the seats in Falam, Htantalan, Hakha, Kanpatlet, Mindat, Matupi and Paletwa.

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Myanmar’s Kachin State Chief Minister Reelected in Myitkyina

National League for Democracy candidate, Dr. Hkyet Aung, the sitting chief minister of Kachin, was re-elected from his the Myitkyina constituency in Kachin state, according to the chief minister. The NLD also won all the four seats in Kachin’s Waimaw township as well.
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Myanmar’s Deputy Upper House Speaker Reelected

Mahn Win Khine Than, the deputy speaker of the Upper House, was reelected in his Karen State constituency in Myawaddy, the head of the NLD’s campaign for the township, U Thant Zin Aung, said at 7 a.m. on Monday. The NLD won all five parliamentary seats in Myawaddy Township.
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The National League for Democracy was leading in nine out of ten constituencies in Naypyitaw as of Monday morning, according to officials from both the NLD and its rival military-proxy Union Solidarity and Development party. Polling stations’ vote counts show the NLD candidate Dr Moe Swe had lost to the USDP chairman U Than Htay at the military dominated Zeyar Thiri Township.

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With votes still being counted, the NLD candidate Daw Pyone Kaythi Naing was leading in Shan State’s Kalaw Township with 51,053 votes while her rival U Nandar Hla Myint from the USDP had got 16,363 as of Monday morning.

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With votes still being counted, NLD has so far won in 30 out of a total 39 seats in Chin State as of 8:30 AM Monday, according to Salai Issac Khen, the head of the NLD campaign for Chin State.

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Three Arakan National Party (ANP) candidates took the most votes at a polling station at Aung Mingalar Ward in the Rakhine State capital Sittwe where a total of 1,103 people cast ballots on Sunday. The ANP candidates won a combined 771 votes at the station, followed by 481 for the Arakan Front Party and 217 for the National League for Democracy candidates.

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With votes still being counted, Kachin State People’s Party (KSPP) Candidate Manam Tu Ja was leading in Kachin’s Injangyang Township at 8:00 PM on Sunday, the KSPP announced.

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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy Candidate Dr. Zaw Myint Maung was leading in Mandalay’s Amarapura Township at 7:21 PM on Sunday.
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Yangon’s Voters Get Second Chance After Ballot Blunder

Yangon – A total of 82 voters in Yangon’s Mayangone Township were allowed a second chance to vote after being provided the wrong ballot papers by the Union Election Commission (UEC).

U San Tint, a UEC ward chairman in Mayangone, told The Irrawaddy on Sunday that the head of the polling station had falsely provided ballot papers for Yangon’s constituency No. 2, not No. 1.

All political parties agreed that the 82 voters would be invited to vote again and their first ballots would be binned.

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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy Candidate Daw Win Mya Mya was leading in Mandalay’s Sintgaing Township at 7 PM on Sunday. She is one of two Muslim candidates representing the NLD this year.
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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy Candidate U Sithu Maung was leading in Yangon’s Pabedan Township at 6:21 PM on Sunday.

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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy Candidate Dr. May Win Myint was leading in Yangon’s Mayangone Township at 5:56 PM on Sunday.

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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy candidate cum the country president U Win Myint was leading in his constituency in Yangon’s Tamwe Township as of 6:00 PM on Sunday.
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With votes still being counted, Union Solidarity and Development Party candidate Daw Nwe Nwe Oo was leading at three military polling stations in Ayeyarwady Region capital Pathein as of 5:50 PM on Sunday. (Reporting by Salai Thant Zin)
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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy candidate Dr Myat Nyana Soe was leading in Yangon’s Tamwe Township at 5:41 PM on Sunday.
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With votes still being counted, National League for Democracy chairwoman Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was leading in her constituency in Yangon’s Kawhmu Township at 5:34 PM on Sunday.
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The screenshot of a woman was taken by the police for possessing a fake stamp.
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Myanmar Electoral Body Reports Handful of Fake Document, Stamp Incidents

A few hiccups involving fake stamps were reported on election day, despite the Union Election Commission’s warning not to use them.

A woman was arrested for possessing a fake stamp in a village in Mon State’s Ye Township, according to the Asin Village sub-electoral commission. (Reporting by Zin Lin Htet)

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Hundreds of Voters Still Lined Up Outside Polling Station in Myanmar’s Capital

Almost 1,000 voters were still waiting to cast ballots inside a polling station in Naypyitaw’s Zabu Thiri Township at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Polling stations closed their doors at 4 p.m. (Reporting by Htet Naing Zaw)

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A man from Hinthada Township, Ayeyarwady Region was taken to the Hinthada Police Station for using a fake slip showing his voter registration. U Tin Win, a ward sub-electoral commission member, said the slip was provided not by the UEC, but by a political party. (Reporting by Salai Thant Zin)

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Myanmar Voting Proceeding Smoothly So Far, Poll Monitoring Group Says

Myanmar’s largest election observer group, the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections, offered a positive assessment following its preliminary observations of polling stations across the country, including its evaluation of COVID-19 prevention measures and observers’ timely access to polling stations. It reported no major incidents so far.

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Myanmar Army Chief Votes, Says He’ll Back Election Outcome That Reflects People’s Will

Myanmar Army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said “I will accept an election result that reflects the people’s desire” after casting his ballots in the 2020 general election in Naypyitaw on Sunday. He added that he voted for the party that could work together with the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s military.