Despite electoral fraud, reports suggest NDPD sweeps polls in Maungdaw, Arakan State (ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲ မသမာမႈမ်ား ၾကားမွပင္ NDPD ပါတီ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္၊ ေမာင္းေတာတြင္ ျပတ္ျပတ္သားသား အႏိုင္ရွိခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သတင္းမ်ားထြက္ေပၚ)
Election Commission officials and township authorities in Maungdaw admitted today that the National Democratic Party for Development (NDPD) swept to victory in Sunday’s national election, according to an official at the Election Commission office.
“The NDPD won in 90 village tracts out of 105 in Maungdaw, but this has not officially been announced yet,” the official said.
“We worked very hard for the Union Solidarity and Development Party to win in northern Arakan State, but we were not successful.”
Throughout Maungdaw Township, polling stations were open from 6 am to 4 pm yesterday. They were re-opened a short while later, according to reports, and finally closed at 10:30 pm, according to an election watchdog group in Maungdaw.
An NDPD organizer said yesterday that party candidates had been called to a meeting on Saturday night on the eve of the election and warned that their party’s candidates could be banned from participating if there were any signs of misconduct by the party.
NDPD candidates were detained in the Election Commission office until 12 pm on election day, while USDP candidates continued to campaign in and near voting stations, the watchdog group said.
It added that the candidates were eventually allowed to leave but were prevented from serving as election monitors at polling stations.
Meanwhile, Burma’s border security force Nasaka on election day arrested Sein Aung, alias Kala Putu, a resident of Balu Khali village in Maungdaw for supporting the NDPD party, though he was released four hours later, said an elder from the village.
Others faced similar detentions. Ruhul Amin and Moulana Boni Amin from Lake Ya (Kur Khali) village were arrested by Nasaka’s area commander Major San Win Khine for their support of the NDPD, and they remain in custody, according to a Nasaka aide who asked not to be named.
Three residents from Kyauk Chaung (Shil Khali) village and four others from Zeebin Chaung (Zeepin Khali) village were also arrested, the watchdog group said, adding that about a total of 46 people were arrested on election day in Maungdaw.
Isolated violence also erupted between supporters of rival political parties.
USDP and NDPD members clashed in Harsara village in Maungdaw, said a resident of the Aley Thankayaw village tract.
The watchdog group also reported that one voter in Kyikanpin (Kawar Bill) was permitted to vote for all his family members because he was supporting the USDP. It was true for everyone who supported the USDP.
In Krinthama village tract in Buthidaung, the majority of voters cast their ballots for NDPD candidates. In response, polling officials intervened to force them to support the USDP, said a politician from Maungdaw.
NDPD candidates reportedly won the majority of votes in Taung Bazaar in Buthidaung Township.
Despite reports of widespread support for the NDPD, villagers are still worried about the final election results, the politician said.
The authorities of Maungdaw and election commission officials are going to discard the ballots papers from USDP 2% and NDPD will be 20% to count the ballots papers, according to an official from commission office in the evening. “The officials are planning to reduce more ballots papers from NDPD account compared to USDP.”
ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲ ေကာ္မရွင္တာဝန္ခံ အရာရွိတစ္ဦး၏ အဆိုအရ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲေကာ္မရွင္တာဝန္ခံမ်ားႏွင့္ ေမာင္းေတာရွိ ျမိဳ႕နယ္အာဏာပိုင္မ်ားက အမ်ိဳးသားဖြံ႕ၿဖိဳးတိုးတက္ေရး ဒီမိုကရက္တစ္ပါတီ (NDPD) သည္ တနဂၤေႏြေန႕ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲတြင္ အျပတ္အသတ္ အႏိုင္ရရွိခဲ့ျပီျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ဝန္ခံေျပာဆိုခဲ့သည္ ဟုသိရသည္။
“ေမာင္းေတာမွာရွိတဲ့ ေက်းရြစု ၁၀၅ စုထဲက ၉၀ မွာ NDPD အႏိုင္ရရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ဒါကို တရားဝင္ ေၾကညာတာမ်ဳိးေတာ့ မရွိေသးပါဘူး။” ဟုတာဝန္ခံတစ္ဦးမွ ေျပာသည္။
“ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္းမွ ၾကံ့ဖြံ႕ပါတီအႏိုင္ရဖို႕ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕ အရမ္းၾကိဳးစား လုပ္ေဆာင္ခဲ့ရပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႕ မေအာင္ျမင္ခဲ့ပါဘူး”