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.

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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.

 

By Oliver Slow

By Oliver Slow

Oliver Slow is a Southeast Asia-based journalist. He is a former Chief-of-Staff at Frontier, and is writing a book about Myanmar's transition.
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