Mon 88 Gen­er­a­tion party to form polls com­mit­tee

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - – Naw Betty Han

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.

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