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Violence due to election results will be handled in accordance with the law, says Army Chief

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Tatmadaw Defense Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (photo: RFA)
Tatmadaw Defense Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (photo: RFA)
Reported by Aik Sai, The political parties contesting in the 2015 elections must respect and accept the election outcomes. If they encourage violence, consequently, the Tatmadaw [Burmese army] will handle the situation in

accordance with the law, according to Tatmadaw Defense Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Snr Gen. Min Aung Hlaing stated the above at a press conference held at Bayint Naung Hall, in Nay Pyi Taw, last Monday, September 21.

“The party that did not win must accept the election outcome. If violence breaks out because the party is unsatisfied with the result, the Tatmadaw will handle it but in accordance with the law. The party also must accept when the Tatmadaw solves the situation according to the law,” said Snr Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing added that if conflict occurs because election outcome dispute, the situation will be handled through the following steps; administration step, police force step, and emergency step.

Snr Gen. Min Aung Hlaing continued that during the election, apart from the security restriction areas, the voters are allowed to cast their votes at the polling stations guarded by the Tatmadaw. Also, Tatmadaw soldiers voting for the elections must be handled by respective Tatmadaw [department], as free and fair.

According to the Union Election Commission (UEC), the general elections will be held on November 8, 2015, with 93 political parties and more than 6,000 candidates competing in the elections.

However, according to U Win Htein, member of the central executive committee of National League for Democracy (NLD), the question should be raised whether the latest voter-list announced by the UEC, which contains lots of errors, will lead to violence on election day.

Respective political parties have begun their election campaigns across the country as of September 8.

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