Myanmar to see free, fair polls in 2015, says electoral body

Tin Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission.

MYANMAR - Myanmar will hold a completely free and fair national election in 2015, the election commission chairman told reporters in Yangon on Saturday.

Tin Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission, said a strategic plan was being drawn to ensure a smooth and problem-free election.

"Blunders and weaknesses in the election process will cause problems. So we are drafting a strategic plan to implement the election process," Tin Aye told the reporters at the Inya Lake Hotel.

Tin Aye said that commission members began drafting the election process plan three months ago. Upon completion, he added, it would be distributed to political parties and social organisations for their suggestions.

He also promised that the 2015 election would be completely transparent, free and fair.

"We guarantee a free and fair election on a cent-per-cent basis. But the media must point out problems if there are any. Our commission does not want to see injustice. We want good people to go to Parliament," said the commission chairman.

He also admitted to some mistakes during the 2010 election, noting that there was not much time for preparations.

Reports were rampant that the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party won the 2010 election by declaring victory at the advanced balloting stage. When the by-election took place in 2012, village election commissions were criticised for excluding many eligible voters from the voting lists in most constituencies.

The 2010 election was the first general vote held in Myanmar in 20 years. The results of the 1990 election, a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy, were not recognised by the ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council.