USDP Leading in Tedim Township Amidst Accusations of Intimidation and Fraud
8 November 2008: The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is leading the vote count in Tedim Township, northern Chin State, amidst accusations of intimidation and fraud.
As of 2:30 a.m this morning, the preliminary vote counts showed that the junta-backed party is leading in four of the five parliamentary seats up for grabs in Tedim Township.
With over 12,000 votes so far, USDP candidate U Pum Khan En is leading the race for the People’s Parliament, while U Kham Suan Mung and U Suan Do Cin are ahead in the contest for the National Parliament. The USDP canididate for the Chin State Legislature is also leading the race in Tedim constituency (1).
However, U Zam Cin Pau a.ka U Zozam, the Chairman of the Chin National Party (CNP) is said to be leading the race for Chin State Legislature from Tedim Constituency (2).
The Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO) yesterday reported that USDP members in Tedim Township were engaged in voter intimidation in the days leading up to election day, as well as electoral fraud and violence on polling day itself.
According to CHRO, members of the USDP were accused of blocking the gate to one polling station in Tedim Township, and refused entry to people intending to vote for political parties other than the USDP, leading to a fight between agents of the USDP and two Chin parties.