Friday, September 22, 2017

First results posted two days after vote

The preliminary results of the election will be posted two days after votes are cast on November 8, the Union Election Commission said at a press conference yesterday.

Union Election Commission officials hold a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: AFPUnion Election Commission officials hold a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: AFP

Updated results will be posted on a daily basis from two information centres set up on election day, U Tin Tun, the UEC secretary said, according to Xinhua.

The temporary information points will be based out of the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon and the UEC headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw. Tallies will be submitted by the subcommission offices and updates will continue until the results are finalised and announced by the UEC, a process that it estimates will take two weeks.

Campaigning will end on November 6, two days before the election, while the voters lists will be reposted in their final form on November 2, U Tin Tun said.

The election commission has been working to correct the errors, inaccuracies and omissions on the list, he said.

In at least one region it provided blanket approval for a last-minute switch of software program used to store voters’ personal details.

“This is not fraud,” Minister for Information U Ye Htut told The Wall Street Journal yesterday, while admitting that his own name, those of other high-ranking government officials and about one-fifth of his ministry’s staff were left off the list. “It is incompetence.”

The UEC has blamed software provided by the International Federation for Electoral Systems for the problems, while chair U Tin Aye has also said that voters are responsible for checking the electoral rolls to ensure they are listed and their details are correct.