Myanmar expedites work on registration of candidates for election

14:26, August 27, 2010      

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Myanmar's Union Election Commission is expediting the work of registration of candidates for running the coming parliamentary election by extending the week-end working hours to handle the registration matters, according to an announcement of the commission carried on Friday's official daily.

The commission had set Aug. 16 to 30 for enlisting of candidates from political parties to contest in the Nov. 7 multi- party general election in terms of constituencies and parliaments at respective levels.

Courts and banks will be kept open at the weekend for parliamentary candidates to process their related procedures, the announcement was quoted by the New Light of Myanmar as saying.

The commission has designated 330 constituencies for parliamentary house of representatives election and 12 constituencies for parliamentary house of nationalities election in each region or state across the country in running the forthcoming 2010 multi-party general election.

So far, the commission has granted legal registration of a total of 42 political parties out of 47 which sought for entering the polls. The remaining five are awaiting for approval.

The 42 contesting political parties are made up of 37 new and 5 old parties left by the 1990 general election.

Myanmar government announced a seven-step roadmap in August 2003 which mainly include the reconvening of national convention, drafting of new state constitution, holding of national referendum on drafted constitution, sponsoring general election and formation of a new "civilian" government.

Source: Xinhua


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