Five Kachin parties to compete against USDP proxy in elections
|USDP members campaigning in the run-up to the 2010 elections. Photo: Thet Htoo/EPA|
An interesting political battle is looming in Kachin State, where six ethnically based parties have registered for the general election due to take place later this year.
|NLD central executive committee members U Nyan Win, U Tun Tun Hein and U Han Tha Myint met with six members of the 88-Generation Peace and Open Society including Ko Ko Gyi, Ko Jimmy, Ko Mya Aye and Ko Pyone Cho at the NLD headquarters in Yangon on February 1. Photo: The 88 Generation Peace and Open Society|
Though the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society group will continue to cooperate with the National League for Democracy to promote peace, political dialogue and seek amendments to the 2008 Constitution, no decision has been made on any co-operation during the 2015 election campaign, said Ko Jimmy, a prominent member of the 88 Generation.
|US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Mr Tom Malinowski, fourth from left, talks with local human rights activists in Yangon about democratic reforms on January 13, 2015 during his recent visit to Myanmar. Photo: U.S. Embassy Rangoon|
A commentator with America’s influential Council on Foreign Relations has written a column that expresses concern over opinion that the coming national elections could be “waylaid.”
|Thura U Shwe Mann, speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, third from left, at a meeting with farmers in Bago on December 22, 2014. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima|
Political party leaders have accused House Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann of launching his party’s election campaign during meetings with farmers across Myanmar.
|Union Election Commission chairman U Tin Aye met political parties, civic organizations and electoral sub-commissions at Kayin state, district and township level at Zwekabin Hall in Hpa-an, Kayin State on December 29. Photo: Union Election Commission via Facebook|
Ethnic political parties in Kayin State have proposed to the Union Election Commission that the 2015 general elections include areas in the State where the polls could not be carried out in 2010, party representatives told Mizzima on December 29.