Door-to-Door Voter Registration To Be Launched In Late June

By Su Myat Mon 31 May 2016

RANGOON — Burma’s Lower House said that they will conduct door-to-door voter registration across the country to compile accurate voter lists for the next general election.

During a session of Parliament on Monday, Lower House lawmaker Nay Myo Htet, representing Rangoon’s Kyauktada district for the National League for Democracy, questioned the Union Election Commission (UEC) on its plan for assembling voter lists, citing the inaccuracy of the lists made for last year’s election.

The 2015 lists were highly controversial, with reports of the names of deceased people included and large numbers of ethnic minorities excluded.

UEC member Hla Tint said the commission will conduct a nationwide door-to-door voter registration program to guarantee the accuracy of voter lists for the next election.

He said that the project will start in Rangoon’s Kyauktada Township, which will rely on the collaboration of election officials, village-tract authorities, political parties, voters and international organizations and will be based on the voter lists from the 2015 election.

“We will encourage the public to participate in this plan by doing radio advertisements, posters and flyers,” Hla Tint told the Lower House on Monday.

An official from the UEC told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the project will be launched in late June.