Myitmakha News Agency
Yangon, February 18 – the Union Election Commission (UEC) has made it known that they will give recommendation on how weaknesses in the 2015 general election can be mitigated during the next general election scheduled for 2020.
“There are also weaknesses in professionalism. One difficulty is the weakness in cooperation between the media and social organizations – it’s OK in other countries as basic election trainings are given. There isn’t a situation in the history of Myanmar [of holding elections]. As such, we will give recommendations on the weaknesses which presented themselves during the previous general election in order to be able to properly prepare for the coming 2020 election.” explained U Ko Ko, chairperson of the Yangon Regional Electoral Commission.
A discussion forum on good democratic practices in elections was held on February 17 in Yangon with the UEC, civil society organizations (CSOs), the media and political parties.
“There were both strengths and weaknesses in the election. This is also evident in election monitoring activities. The next election will be satisfactory if election education trainings and election monitoring can work together.” said Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, executive director of the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE).
It is known from UEC that in the wake of the general election, which was held on November 8, 2015, there is a real need for public election education awareness and for youth from rural regions to be informed of the existence of elections.