Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Election boss backs away from campaign restrictions

Union Election Commission chair U Tin Aye has rejected allegations that a recently drafted directive was designed to stop Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from campaigning on behalf of other National League for Democracy candidates.

U Tin Aye told reporters at a meeting on May 16 that the commission “will allow” Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to participate in NLD election rallies outside her own constituency.

This appeared to contradict comments he made in Pathein on April 7, in which he said candidates would only be allowed to campaign in their own constituency.

Draft campaigning rules recently distributed to political parties would require all speakers at election rallies to be approved by the election commission in advance.

But U Tin Aye told reporters that the draft directive could change if at least 60 percent of registered parties do not accept it.

“If they argue a lot [with the directive], let’s go on like before. I will amend it with goodwill. But if it’s a problem then let’s stop here,” U Tin Aye said.