NLD to pri­ori­tise political qual­i­fi­ca­tions over ed­u­ca­tion in se­lec­tion of can­di­dates

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

The National League for Democ­racy (NLD), cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Win Htein said the party would not change their pol­icy in se­lect­ing can­di­dates for the forth­com­ing by-elec­tions but they would give pri­or­ity to political qual­i­fi­ca­tions rather than ed­u­ca­tion.

“No prob­lem for un­e­d­u­cated, no prob­lem for not pass­ing even ma­tric­u­la­tion but we will give pri­or­ity to can­di­dates who un­der­stand pol­i­tics, who can prac­tice pol­i­tics, so they can serve the peo­ple in pol­i­tics,” Win Htein told Mizzima.

In the last 2015 gen­eral elec­tions over 1,000 NLD can­di­dates con­tested and 886 of them won their seats in var­i­ous houses and as­sem­blies.

Of these 886 win­ning can­di­dates, most of them were med­i­cal doc­tors, en­gi­neers, lawyers, school teach­ers etc., but some of them were poor in pol­i­tics so can­di­dates must be se­lected care­fully for forth­com­ing by-elec­tions, Win Htein added.

“Some of them were well ed­u­cated but very poor in pol­i­tics. So we must se­ri­ously scru­ti­nise the can­di­dates this time,” Win Htein said.

He went on to say that the party would not change their pol­icy of giv­ing pri­or­ity to women, youth and eth­nic na­tion­al­i­ties in the se­lec­tion of can­di­dates.

The Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion an­nounced that the by-elec­tions will be held on April 1, 2017, in 19 va­cant seats of var­i­ous houses and as­sem­blies across the coun­try.

Branches of elec­tion com­mis­sions have started the col­lec­tion of vot­ers’ list via a door to door sys­tem in the con­stituen­cies where there are va­cant seats.

In the last 2015 gen­eral elec­tions, rul­ing NLD party won 255 seats in House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, 135 seats in House of Na­tion­al­i­ties, 475 seats in Leg­isla­tive As­sem­blies and 21 seats in Eth­nic Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

(Min Min)

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