Digital Bureau, Tech for FTCP, Rangoon
Updated Wed, 11 Nov 2020 10:07 PM IST
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The opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) faced defeat in many constituencies that were considered its stronghold. His performance is likely to be much weaker than the 2015 election. On Tuesday, party president Yu Thanh Hatay released a video saying that the validity of the election results is disputed. The voting process is surrounded by many controversies and such disputes are constantly arising. He has appealed to his party workers to gather evidence of disturbances in constituencies with dubious results.
The USDP had earlier raised questions about the election process and criticized the role of the country's Election Commission in the matter. The USDP also urged to postpone elections due to the Corona epidemic, which was turned down by the Election Commission. Now Yu Than Hateya says that the Election Commission conducted the election in a controversial manner, ignoring his words, the results of which are doubtful.
The National Democratic Force (NDF), a coalition of opposition parties, has also said that it does not accept these results. She has said that her campaign was interrupted and the election was fraudulent. The NDF did not get a single seat in the results announced till Tuesday night. The USDP had won less than 20 seats. The lower house of Myanmar's parliament has a total of 642 seats. But a quarter of these are reserved for army representatives.
But contrary to the claims of the USDP and NDF, PACA, the largest observer group to monitor Myanmar's election, said in its initial report that it had not received any major grievances during the voting and counting of votes. The PACA had deployed its observers across the country during the voting. The observer team has said that it tested the election process on the criteria of transparency, inclusion and accountability.
However, on the question of whether the elections should be free and fair, PACA director Say Ye Kyaw Swar Mient said it was a matter of political debate. The European Union and Britain have also praised the elections held on Sunday. The European Union has appealed to all sides to cooperate constructively for good governance and democratic reforms.
However, it is now clear that there will be political stability in Myanmar. Neighboring countries were also eyeing Myanmar's election. Aung San Suu Kyi's party has become much closer to China over the years. Myanmar is part of the Belt and Road Initiative of China. China has made a large investment there. Observers say China's influence in Myanmar will continue to grow.
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