Friday, August 18, 2017

EU monitoring team promises no interference during polls

Electoral observers from the European Union are fanning out across the country ahead of next month’s election – including the capital, Nay Pyi Taw.

Election observers from the EU team meet with reporters in the capital on October 19. (Thiri Lu/The Myanmar Times)Election observers from the EU team meet with reporters in the capital on October 19. (Thiri Lu/The Myanmar Times)

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, the deputy chair of the European Parliament and head of the election observation team, told reporters yesterday that they had received good cooperation from the Union Election Commission and government ministries.

He said long-term observers were already in place and the monitoring team’s activities were on schedule. The monitors will remain in Myanmar until the end of November.

“On November 8, when the election would be held, there would be around 150 observers nationwide,” Mr Lambs-dorff said.

He promised that the EU team would be free from bias in carrying out its tasks.

“We are an independent group. We won’t be biased to any side. We won’t interfere with the election in any form either. We are just watching,” he said.

Mr Lambsdorff made the comments after a meeting with UEC chair U Tin Aye.

“We came and met him at their [the commission’s] invitation.”

The EU monitoring team will collate information about the election on November 9, and an initial report will be released to the media the following day.

A more detailed report will be released at a later date, Mr Lambsdorff said.

Translation by Kyawt Darly Lin