More than 10,500 observers to monitor election

03 November 2015
More than 10,500 observers to monitor election
Media monitoring by the EU EOM is conducted in accordance with an established methodology of quantitative and qualitative analysis. Photo: European Union Election Observation Mission 

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has issued accreditation cards to 470 diplomats from 32 international embassies, 465 staff from six international election observation bodies, 183 staff from nine international organisations that are assisting in electoral processes and 9,406 staff of local observation organisations, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 3 Novemberquoting a UEC statement.
More than 290 media personnel from 45 foreign media organisations will cover the election, according to the UEC.
In its statement, the UEC urged the observers to abide by the UEC Code of Conduct drafted for observers and the existing laws of Myanmar in order to avoid bias.
The UEC is committed to holding the upcoming election with transparency and democratic principles, the statement said. The government requested diplomats and foreign election observers to refrain from activities that could be construed as being biased or that may negatively impact the country’s ability to hold free and fair elections.
A total of 6,065 candidates will compete for the seats in parliament. Male candidates make up 86.8 percent of the total, with 5,274 women making up the rest, according to statistics from the UEC.
The UEC will not hold elections in five of the country’s 330 townships due to security concerns, the report noted.