Mon 88 Generation party to form polls committee
THE election committee of the still unnamed 88 Generation party in Mon State will be organised soon, the party’s office in Mawlamyine said Thursday.
The office has also confirmed that the member’s committee of the party was already formed on October 22. Members from 10 townships in Mon attended the meeting, according to political activist U Ko Ko Gyi, a member of the central committee of the still unnamed party.
During the October 22 meeting, the members also agreed to form an election committee by the second week of November.
The Bago and Ayeyarwady regions have already formed their respective election committees and other regions and states were expected to organise their own election committees within the month when a general plenary meeting is scheduled to be held in Yangon.
“Politics is related with every citizen. There are two types of citizens the followers and leaders. We are ready to follow with the lead of 88 Generation Party for our country,” said U Tun Naing, a member of the 88 Generation in Mon.
“We have been fighting a revolution against totalitarianism since 1988 and now we are ready to participate in the democracy building process,’’ he said.
The former political and student activists who fought against the junta during the deadly 1988 crackdown and their supporters will form the base of the new party, which is expected to be registered in January next year.
During the plenary meeting later in the month, members will decide the name of the party, its emblem and flag.
U Ko Ko Gyi said the 88 Generation party will focus on the building of a federal union, respect for the diversity of citizens of the country and support for the peace process.
He added the new party will oppose one-party dictatorship and “will develop pluralism for the people to have many options to choose from.”
“We will try to develop a system of checks and balances, which is the essence of democracy,” U Ko Ko Gyi said.