SNLD gets ready to participate in by-election
THE Shan Nationalities League for Democracy is preparing to vie for parliamentary seats in two townships where voting was cancelled in 2015 over security concerns, Pyithu Hluttaw MP Sai Thiha Kyaw (SNLD; Mine-ye/Mong Yai) told The Myanmar Times.
“The election was cancelled in Kyethi and Mine Shu[/Mong Shu] townships in 2015, and now those place are not represented in the Pyithu Hluttaw or the Shan State Hluttaw,” he said.
“The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy is now organising public meetings to compete in those townships” in the event that voting is allowed there during by-elections likely to be held in early 2017.
The Loilin/Loileng district townships of Mine Shu/Mong Shu and Kyethi in southern Shan State had been declared “not conducive to free and fair elections” by the Union Election Commission on October 27 last year.
Section 18 of the electoral law stipulates that parliamentary seats left vacant for any reason, including in the instance of death or illness of an MP, will be contested in the byelection.
Sai Thiha Saw said there are currently “no representatives for these townships who can push for regional development. For now, Amyotha Hluttaw representative U Soe Tun Aung from the Loilen district SNLD is fulfilling these duties by meeting with the public in these township.”
“U Soe Tun Aung is assisting with a K100 million development fund. But township representation is needed to solve the daily difficulties faced by the public in these areas.”
- Translation by Khant Lin Oo
A volunteer prepares election campaign materials at the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon on August 17, 2015.