Voter fraud complaint against USDP candidate

09 January 2016
Voter fraud complaint against USDP candidate
USDP supporters. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

The National Union Election Commission (UEC) received a Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) complaint of voter fraud against the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Namzang Township on 5 January, according to SNLD representatives.
Burma News International reports January 8 that Sai Zaw Win, the SNLD candidate for a Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) seat in Namzang Township, filed the complaint against U Thi Lon of the then ruling USDP in November.
He alleged that U Thi Lon won the Lower House seat in the 8 November general election through vote rigging. He also accused U Thi Lon of using funds from the parliamentary budget toward his own re-election campaign.
Sai Zaw Win made allegations to SHAN news agency on January 6, claiming the candidate used money from the parliamentary budget for development projects in Mak Moong Mon Village and Koong Sar Village, where he built roads, bridges and set up electricity for the villagers, adding the claim that he told the villagers to vote for him because he had helped them.