UEC chairman U Tin Aye met political parties, civic organizations and electoral sub-commissions at Kayin state, district and township level at Zwekabin Hall in Hpa-an, Kayin State on December 29.
The ethnic political parties raised the issue full polling coverage in Kayin State, also known as Karen State, in the meeting.
Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party vice chairman U Mann Aung Pyae Soe said, “The commission says it will consider [holding the polls in these areas]. They said that they are afraid that the polls may not be fair [in the areas].”
U Mann Aung Pyae Soe said the UEC chairman may have responded like this because he still has doubts about ethnic people in Myanmar.
The Kayin political parties urged the UEC to hold polls in the areas controlled by ethnic armed groups, to also allow those who don’t have household registration documents to cast votes, and to arrange that the election date does not to coincide with Kayin festivals and important days, said U Mann Aung Pyae Soe.
In 2010, polling was not held in the towns, largely the Hpa-an townships, located along the eastern side of the Thanlyin or Salween River.
The UEC chairman U Tin Aye promised that free and fair elections will be held in accordance with the law, and political parties, social organizations, media and all citizens need to cooperate with the commission, according to representatives at the meeting.
According to the 2008 Constitution, parliamentary elections must be held every five years. The current parliament’s period will expire on January 30, 2016, so the elections must be held at least 90 days before the existing parliament expires.
The UEC has announced that general elections will be held in the last week of October 2015 or in the first week of November.