USDP accused of foul play at Mandalay polling station

MANDALAY — The National League for Democracy has accused its rival, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party of using dirty tricks to illegally obtain votes in Mandalay Region.

U Thein Oo, chairman of the NLD chapter in Maha Aung Myay, central Mandalay, said that about 100 people in several trucks were brought to polling station number five in Maha Aung Myay to vote, even though they are not residents in the area.

“They had white cards, meaning they had the right to vote, but actually they are not living in the area. They are living at the Myint Nge tollgate [outside the city]. I asked them and they said somebody had brought them from the toll gate.”

“That toll gate is under the control of the Mandalay Mayor [USDP regional parliament candidate for Maha Aung Myay, U Aung Moung], so I have already asked the question of who is responsible.”

Frontier was unable to verify the ownership of Myint Nge tollgate.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

U Thein Oo said an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Images also emerged on social media of the incident. One Facebook post showing the incident explains that six light trucks holding around 100 people arrived at the Maha Aung Myay polling station, but were investigated by the township election commission chairman after local people said the group were not residents.


More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Myanmar enters 2021 with more friends than foes
The early delivery of vaccines is one of the many boons of the country’s geopolitics, but to really take advantage, Myanmar must bury the legacy of its isolationist past.
Will the Kayin BGF go quietly?
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.

Support our independent journalism and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and analysis

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters.

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar