Union Election Commission
|ပြည်ထောင်စု ရွေးကောက်ပွဲ ကော်မရှင်|
|Formed||March 8, 2010|
|Commission executives||Tin Aye, Chairman
Win Ko, Secretary
The Union Election Commission (Burmese: ပြည်ထောင်စု ရွေးကောက်ပွဲ ကော်မရှင်, abbreviated UEC) is the national level electoral commission of Myanmar (Burma), responsible for organizing and overseeing elections in Burma, as well as vetting parliamentary candidates and political parties. The commission's 18 members were formally appointed on 11 March 2010.
The Union Election Commission is mandated by the Union Election Commission Law, enacted on 8 March 2010.
The UEC's members are appointed by the government, and must meet the following qualifications:
- 50 years of age or older
- a good public reputation, as determined by the government
- dignity, integrity and experience
- loyalty to the State and its citizens
- not affiliated to any political parties
- not hold any office or draw compensation as such
- Tin Aye (Chairman)
- Myint Naing (Member)
- Aung Myint (Member)
- Dr. Myint Kyi (Member)
- Win Kyi (Member)
- Nyunt Tin (Member)
- Win Ko (Member)
- Tin Tun (Secretary)
The UEC has been criticized for its powers to abolish elections in conflict areas. The UEC's first chairman was Thein Soe, a former major-general, an appointment that was derided by media. On 18 February 2011, Tin Aye, a former lieutenant-general and member of the State Peace and Development Council, was appointed by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, to replace Thein Soe.
It has also been criticized by various advocacy groups and the United Nations for its lack of independence and impartiality, in its handling of recent elections. The UN has also noted the UEC's failure to follow up on electoral complaints, including voting procedures.
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