NLD candidate faces charges for allegedly breaching electoral laws

November 26, 2020

HURFOM: On November 23, 2020, Daw Khin Myo Myint, a National League for Democracy (NLD) candidate in the Kyaikmayaw Mon State Parliament Constituency #1 race was charged with breaching electoral laws. 

The charges were filed by a polling station representative for the Mon Unity Party (MUP) candidate at the  Chaung Hna Khwa Police Station.

According to the charges, on election day, Daw Khin Myo Myint intimidated the Village Election 

Sub-Commission to accept  the votes of 18 villagers from Paw Law village.  The villagers  were not on the voters’ list.

The main point is that she [insisted] villagers who weren’t on the voters’ list [could] cast their votes. Using her power as a member of parliament (MP), she threatened the Village Election Sub-Commission. I’ve opened a charge against her to end this kind of injustice,” said Mi Su Mon, a polling station representative for the Mon Unity Party (MUP) candidate.

Daw Khin Myo Myint was charged under the State Electoral Law Act, section #61 – persuading someone to cast vote or not to cast vote in the premises of a polling station and section #62 – interrupting polling station staff, according to the Chaung Hna Khwa Police Chief,  U Hla Tun.

We’ve received a report so we opened a charge. I can’t say anything else, as it’s under investigation, I can’t share details about the report,” explained U Hla Tun.

According to the electoral laws, someone who breaches State Electoral Law Act sections #61 or section #62 will be punished with less than one-year imprisonment or a fine of not more than 100,000 Kyat or both.

Daw Khin Myo Myint won the election in Kyaikmayaw Mon State Parliament Constituency #1 by 25,272 votes.  Daw Nyunt Ye, aka Mi Jondel Non, a MUP candidate, stood second with 9,334 votes.

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