Founder and one of the members of EEOP, New Myanmar Foundation (NMF) observed the recently held Yangon Municipal Elections, also known as YCDC – Yangon City Development Committees Elections 2019, March 31.
Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) Election held in Yangon on 31st March 2019 (Sunday) was a regional election to partly nominate the committee members for the second term of the Committees. Elections for the first term was held on 27th December 2014 and for the second term, this election was held after making amendments in YCDC Law and Electoral procedures.
YCDC Election was held simultaneously for both levels of the Committee, 1 Yangon City Development Committee at City-level Committee and 33 Township-level Development Committees. In this Election, the voters across Yangon could vote for 6 members of Yangon City Development Committee, 3 positions for each township; Chairman, Member-1, and Member-2, positions for all townships summing at 99 positions, and altogether 105 positions for both levels of the Committees.
Firstly, YCDC Election, for which relevant voting for all constituencies and townships held at the same time, was a very important step for Myanmar’s local elections and local democracy but there were some challenges in realizing this to be an effective election. In summary, there was very low interests from voters for this election and some weaknesses were observed in preparations for electoral processes. New Myanmar Foundation (NMF) assigned more than 300 observers for the election in every township who produced 1030 election observation reports. According to these reports, although there were some people who were not able to vote and some cases of disputes, the assessment for the election day processes were 95% well-conducted and the situation was peaceful. This report is the summarization of the observation findings based on the Election Day.
2019 YCDC Election was a very important step for Myanmar’s local elections and local democracy but there were some challenges in realizing this to be an effective election.
NMF issued its preliminary statement based on the observing pre-election environment and election day situations – opening of the polling stations, voting and counting processes. (NMF’s “Preliminary Statement on YCDC Elections 2019” can be downloaded here.)
English Version Report
Myanmar Version Report