Myanmar Election Commission pours chilly water on the Army’s claims of election fraud

Tensions are excessive in Myanmar with rumours swirling of a potential military coup. Some in the leadership of the Burmese army have brazenly circulated inflammatory statements relating to potential electoral fraud. The US embassy, together with sixteen different international locations together with former colonial power Britain and EU nations, launched a statement yesterday urging for the army “adhere to democratic norms”. They’ve expressed their concerns following November’s elections and allegations of “electoral misconduct”. The claims comply with the landslide victory for the National League for Democracy with Aung San Suu Kyi as their leader.
Fears grew this week after Myanmar’s influential army chief Gen Min Aung Hlaing echo sentiments of President Win Myint after he said the country’s structure might be “revoked” beneath sure circumstances.
Some powerful army officers allege there have been 10 million circumstances of voter fraud nationwide, a claim they demand is investigated. They’ve additionally demanded the discharge of voters lists from the election fee for verification.
The the country’s election fee released a press release on Thursday defending the state of affairs, stating that the polls had been “free, honest and credible”, and had “reflected the will of the people”.
In a 6 web page statement on its Facebook web page, the Election Commission acknowledged that it was investigating 287 complaints, but that on the whole, voting was carried out fairly and transparently on November eight.
“In this election, weaknesses and errors in voters lists can not cause voting fraud.”
Myanmar is simply 10 years right into a interval of quasi-democracy after practically 50 years of strict navy rule. But even now the government rule though the filter of a junta-authored structure that leaves the elected civilian administration having to work via the country’s generals.
The state of affairs is similar to Thailand the place the a navy junta that seized power in May 2014 re-write the country’s structure installing a Junta-appointed Senate to supervise all issues raised through the elected decrease home, following the March 2019 nationwide election.
The tensions eased barely yesterday when the Myanmar Supreme Court postponed considering allegations of electoral misconduct by President Win Myint and the election fee chairman Hla Thein.
President Win Myint is seen as an necessary ally and placeholder for State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who’s the precise head of government in Myanmar but is constitutionally barred from the presidency.
The country’s army has been alleging widespread voter irregularities since November’s common election. Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy gained the election in a landslide. Triple captured 396 out of 476 seats, paving the way for another 5 yr time period. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party gained only 33 of the 476 seats.
Aung San Suu Kyi is the primary and incumbent State Counsellor of Myanmar, she is also the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD).
In a press release from the US embassy, the Ambassador expressed hopes that Myanmar’s parliament would sit, on schedule this Monday.
“We look ahead to the peaceful convening of the Parliament on February 1 and the election of the president and speakers. We oppose any try to change the result of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition.”
November’s polls had been only the second ‘democratic’ elections Myanmar has has hosted since rising from a draconian half century of army dictatorship.
Khin Zaw Win, a political analyst in Yangon and former political prisoner, instructed the military was signalling its intention to intervene in the country’s politics. Speaking to the South China Morning Post….
“The military’s course of action is way clearer now. As illogical as it sounds, navy chief Min Aung Hlaing’s argument is meant to melt the blow of abrogating the 2008 constitution.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres additionally raised “great concern” over Myanmar’s current developments..

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