Patriotic Unity Party application rejected
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.