UNDP with Support from Norway Provides Indelible Ink for Myanmar By-Elections

UNDPMM_By_Elections_Indible_Ink_Norway_UNDP_team. Photo: UNDP Myanmar

Photo by UNDP Myanmar

[Yangon – April 1] An estimated 2.3 million people are electing their representatives for 19 parliamentary seats today in by-elections that are being held in 8 States and Regions - Bago, Chin, Kayah, Mon, Rakhine, Sagaing, Shan, and Yangon.

The by-elections will fill the seats left vacant by elected Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Amoytha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw who have taken up senior positions in the government or judiciary; elected MPs who have passed away; or because there were some constituencies excluded from the 2015 General Elections due to security concerns. A small number of MPs will also be elected to state/region Assembly seats in Kayah and Shan States.

UNDP provided indelible ink for use during the historic 2015 elections. The use of indelible ink, also called electoral stain, serves to increase the integrity of all elections, and is now a key part of electoral practice in Myanmar.

All polling stations in all 19 constituencies were provided with indelible ink, and voters are asked to dip one of their fingers in the bottle of indelible ink before leaving the polling station. Ink-stained fingers have now become a defining image of democratic elections in Myanmar.

UNDP is pleased to support the Union Election Commission’s request for indelible ink for use in the 2017 by-elections and procured 5,000 bottles of ink through funding provided by the Kingdom of Norway.