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Japanese lamps provided at Mon State’s powerless polling booths

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Reported by IMNA, Lamps donated by the Japanese public will be provided at polling stations without electricity throughout Mon State for the upcoming

November elections, according to Mon State Election Sub-commission.

“This lamp can be used not only after connecting with a mains power but also after connecting with a battery. It lasts very long,” said U Htin Kyaw, of Moulmein District Election Subcommission.

U Htin Kyaw also said that under the name ‘The People of Japan’, two lamps will be provided to each powerless booth.

For emergency use, at every polling booth, a small electric power engine will be also provided, according to U Hein Lin Htet, vice president of Mon State Election Sub commission.

U Hein Lin Htet added that lighting is not only need for counting ballots, it is also important for other matters at wards and village commission booths. Thus, the Mon State government and other respective administration groups cooperated to arrange lighting access at the voting booths.

There are 467 election commission booths in wards and villages throughout Mon State, and at some booths, there is no access to electricity.

For security measures at voting booths across Mon State, 919 special polices have been appointed. Starting October 20, a 10-day training program for the special polices were established in respective townships.

At the moment, Mon State’s population is 2,000,000. Only 1,000,000 people were eligible to vote during the 2010 elections. However, in this 2015 election, more than 1.4 million people are eligible to vote, according to Mon State Election Sub-commission.

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