Myanmar to clarify voter fraud, hold new round of elections

The Tatmadaw (military) has issued notification 1/2021, under which it will reveal and clarify all voter irregularities and suspected fraud that took place during the November 8, 2020 election and take subsequent action, according to Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing during the National Defense and Security Council meeting held on February 1 and reported by military-owned news channel Myawaddy News.

Acting President U Myint Swe, Vice Senior General Soe Win, Defense Minister Lieutenant General Sein Win, Home Minister Lieutenant General Soe Htut and Border Affairs Minister Lieutenant General Ye Aung attended the meeting.

The Tatmadaw will hold another round of general elections and transfer power to the winner, it said.

It will also expedite COVID-19 prevention and control measures. It will also attempt to recover the economy and expedite the peace process. All this will be carried out in line with provisions on the state of emergency in the 2008 Constitution.

Myanmar on February 1 announced a state of emergency for up to one year. Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Min Aung Hlaing is now in power of the State for the duration of the state of emergency, while Vice President U Myint Swe will now serve temporarily as President.

Earlier this morning, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and other National League for Democracy (NLD) officials across the country were detained by the military, ahead of the first parliamentary sessions scheduled to take place later in the day, according to U Myo Nyunt, spokesperson for the NLD, which won the 2020 elections on November 8.

In Myanmar, banks are now closed, according to the Myanmar Bankers’ Association. Meanwhile, major supermarket chain City Mart has said that its branches will close at 6pm today.

All access to TV channels, phone lines and internet services have been cut. The Myanmar Times has received unverified reports of further cuts to internet services, although services in some areas have returned.

Source : Myanmar Times

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