SNLD gets ready to par­tic­i­pate in by-elec­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

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

Photo: AFP

A vol­un­teer pre­pares elec­tion cam­paign ma­te­ri­als at the Shan Nationalities League for Democ­racy head­quar­ters in Yan­gon on Au­gust 17, 2015.

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