Thursday, 09 July 2020

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The National Democratic Party for Development (NDPD) filed a case on December 30 at the Naypyidaw Union Election Commission office against the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for rigging votes during the November 7 national election, according to an officer from Buthidaung.

Abu Taher, a Buthidaung NDPD candidate for the upper house (Pyithu Hluttaw) filed a case against Shwe Maung, an elected upper house member of the USDP, for pilfering votes in the 2010 election. Abu Taher believes he received 20,000 more votes than Shwe Maung, yet Shwe Maung was declared the winner, the officer said.

The Union Election Commission office received the allegation case against Shwe Maung and issued a letter with reference number 2/RAKAPAKHA – 1/KAMARA(6) on December 31. The case will be heard on January 17 at Constitutional Tribunal # 9 at 9:00 a.m., according to an officer from Election Commission office.

According to the complaint’s file, NDPD candidate Abu Taher claims that USDP elected Pyithu Hluttaw member Shwe Maung rigged votes through Village Peace and Development Council members, polling booth supervisors, and local USDP members while the locals were coerced to vote for the USDP.

Abu Taher claims that the NDPD has the full data from 164 out of 222 total voting stations. The NDPD candidate says that he received 49,000 votes with 12,000 spoilt votes, whereas USDP member Shwe Maung received 40,000 votes with 549 spoilt votes, yet Shwe Maung announced that he received 46,000 votes, according to complaint’s file.

“The counting was conducted in front of all party candidates, and all concerned officers signed off on the results. In advance votes the USDP member Shwe Maung got only 1593 votes, but announced receiving 5577 votes,” the complaint’s file mentioned.

“The State Election Commission office announced on December 12 that the USDP member Shwe Maung won the seat in the upper house (Pyithu Hluttaw) for Buthidaung, but this was done without the agreement of the NDPD candidates.”

“We don’t know what will happen after the case is heard in Naypyidaw,” said an NDPD organizer from Buthidaung.