6 million advance votes, 4.8 million unidentifiable voters balloted in 2020 election: says UEC
NP News - May 20
In the previous annulled 2020 election, a total of more than 4.8 million ballots were cast by unidentified voters, and more than 6 million advance votes were balloted, according to the spokesperson of the Union Election Commission Khin Maung Oo.
The UEC spokesperson told the information on May 19 during the 14th press conference of the State Administration Council held in Naypyidaw.
According to Khin Maung Oo, 4.8 million voters who balloted in the controversial 2020 election did not have any of the national registration cards or any other type of the identity cards and cannot be recognized the voters’ identities whether citizens or associate citizens or neutralized citizens; or whether the voter reaches 18 years old or not.
He added, taking advantage on the Covid-19 pandemic period, advance votes were collected prioritizing those 60 years old and above. The number of the total advance votes amounted to more than 6 million, actually representing 21 percent of the total eligible voters in the 2020 election.
In order to avoid the possibility of vote-rigging, the UEC will amend some legal provisions of the electoral laws.
“Those who are outside from the permanent residential address shall apply their voter registration forms in accord with the rules and regulations attaching the compulsory documents and household registration form of the current address (Form 66.6) within a given period; the applicants must stay at least 180 days at the current address,” the spokesperson said.
In the previous electoral law, it was stated that 90 days at the current address.
In the next general election, the polling officers shall issue the ballot tickets only after a thorough inspection is made matching between ‘names listed in the voter registration list’, ‘NRC numbers’, and ‘the voting number’, the spokesperson of the UEC Khin Maung Oo said.
A total of more than 11.3 million ballot manipulations occurred in the 2020 election.