As a result of their failure to submit their election expenses, 18 candidates in the Yangon Region were disqualified from running in future elections.
All candidates, winners or losers, must report their campaign expenses within one month of the election, which takes place on November 8. The deadline for the submission of poll expenses was set by the Union Election Commission on December 13.
Election commission records show that 10 candidates from Yangon’s southern and 8 candidates from Yangon’s eastern districts didn’t meet the requirement for registration. Meanwhile, in the other two districts, two more candidates were eliminated.
According to Yangon Eastern District Election Sub-commission Secretary U Min Ko Aung, “those who failed to submit expenditures will be announced to be disqualified according to the law”. By-elections are coming up, and they won’t be able to run.
Over 800 candidates ran for office in Yangon, and results were announced by the Union Election Commission between November 9 and 13.
Poll officials said that candidates from small parties were the ones who failed to submit their poll expenses, based on data gathered from the polls. He claimed that there were no big political party defaulters.