Pa­tri­otic Unity Party ap­pli­ca­tion re­jected

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - News - HTOO THANT thanhtoo@mm­times.com

THE Pa­tri­otic Unity Party’s re­quest to be recog­nised as a po­lit­i­cal party was turned down by the Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (UEC). The group said it will ap­peal the re­jec­tion.

“We will send a let­ter ask­ing the rea­sons for the re­jec­tion but we won’t go in per­son,” writer Maung Th­way Chon, who is work­ing for the recog­ni­tion of the party, told The Myan­mar Times Thurs­day.

A ru­mour sug­gested that the com­mis­sion re­fused the party be­cause Ma Ba Tha mem­bers are in­cluded in it, but Maung Th­way Chon de­nied the hearsay. “The ru­mour is not true. They [the com­mis­sion] only said that we are not in line with the law,” he said.

When con­tacted, the po­lit­i­cal party sec­tion of the elec­tion com­mis­sion said that they have no author­ity over the case. “It was made by the Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion, and we have no right to say any­thing,” said an of­fi­cial. Other of­fi­cials were not avail­able for com­ment.

Seven po­lit­i­cal par­ties have ap­plied to be recog­nised in the cur­rent com­mis­sion term. The Na­tional United Demo­cratic Party, sub­mit­ted by U Sein Win, a for­mer NLD mem­ber, has not yet re­ceived au­tho­ri­sa­tion. U Sein Win said: “They are still re­view­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion. It was not like the Pa­tri­otic Unity Party, and I think we will get per­mis­sion,” he said.

U Sein Win was elected as Pyithu Hlut­taw rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the 2012 by-elec­tion and 2015 elec­tion in Aye­yarwady Re­gion. He re­signed from the party on July 13. The elec­tion com­mis­sion in­formed him that he was re­garded as an in­de­pen­dent Hlut­taw rep­re­sen­ta­tive. He then ap­plied for per­mis­sion to es­tab­lish a new party in No­vem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to the UEC web­site, there are 95 reg­is­tered po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the coun­try.

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