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Carter Center calls for Myanmar election transparency

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:05

Carter Center election monitors say Myanmar polls not without flaws, urge poll officials to publicize results in transparent manner. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Carter Center election monitors told reporters on Tuesday Myanmar's elections were flawed but the country was on the path to a peaceful democratic transition and that officials should publicize the results in a transparent way. "There are serious flaws in the constitutional, legal and human rights framework and many people were excluded from participating in the election despite these flaws Myanmar is definitely on the positive trajectory toward peaceful democratic transition," said Mary Robinson, co-leader of the Carter Center delegation. Fresh results from Myanmar's election on Tuesday showed the opposition taking control of most regional assemblies as well as forming the next government, handing democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi sweeping powers and reshaping the political landscape. The ruling party, which was created by the country's former junta and is led by retired military officers, on Monday conceded defeat in an election that was a major milestone on Myanmar's rocky path from dictatorship to democracy. But results dribbled out by the election commission have shown that their Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was not just beaten in the polls, it was trounced. Reuters was not able to independently verify the party's own estimates of its performance. "(We would like) to urge the UEC to over the next day, or two or week to make sure that they are encouraging the publication of the result in the township level and the sub-commission level, especially out of respect to the out-of-constituency advance voting to ensure that the result are transparent and the result are tabulation process is transparent. That's not only in accordance to international standard but it's important for the public confident and transparency in general," said Jason Carter, co-leader of the Carter Center delegation. The military has said it will accept the outcome of the election, analysts say a period of uncertainty still looms for the former Burma because it is not clear how Suu Kyi will share power easily with the generals.

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Carter Center calls for Myanmar election transparency

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:05