Following the Yangon municipal post-election review, held on 11-12 July in Yangon, International IDEA Myanmar is developing a review report on the 2019 Yangon municipal election. The report will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of 2019 YCDC Election and recommendations for the future YCDC Election from the conference and will be submitted to Yangon City Development Election Commission, Yangon Region Parliament and Yangon Government in early August.
In order to improve future municipal elections, International IDEA – through STEP Democracy – held a two-day conference where about 120 participants from different areas such as Yangon City Development Committee, Yangon Government, Yangon Region Parliament and Civil Society Organizations were able to openly discuss the election.
“We are now in the process of preparing the report to submit to the YCDEC, Yangon Parliament and Yangon government. Hopefully, the report will be delivered in early August,” said Tay Zar, Partnership Coordinator from International IDEA in Myanmar.
The participants were divided into six groups at the conference and discussions covered topics like advance voting, voter lists, campaign finance, legal framework and result management. After discussion, the groups put strengths and weaknesses of the YCDC Election and their recommendations for the future YCDC Elections into a presentation.
Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Dr. Johann H Hesse of the Delegation of the EU to Myanmar, and YCDEC chairman U Aung Khaing participated in the conference and delivered opening statements.
In his speech the minister recognized the support provided by STEP Democracy, the EU and International IDEA.
“The EU, International IDEA and STEP Democracy programme have helped the YCDC election successful. Their support was instrumental to us and the reason the election could be done in a short time. We had much difficulty with indelible ink before the election, but the EU brought many bottles of ink to the commission in a very short time. This shows how they worked to make the election a success. So, I would like to thank the EU, International IDEA and STEP Democracy”, he said.
(Photo: Yangon municipal election 2019)
The 2019 YCDC election held on 31 March this year was the first ever municipal election in Myanmar with universal suffrage.