U Aye Maung tapped to run for Rakhine seat

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The Arakan Na­tional Party chair has been se­lected to rep­re­sent the party in a bid to con­test Ann town­ship, Rakhine State, in the by-elec­tion race next year.

ARAKAN Na­tional Party chair U Aye Maung has been se­lected to rep­re­sent the party in an Ann town­ship, Rakhine State, by-elec­tion race next year, ac­cord­ing to U Tun Aung Kyaw, ANP gen­eral sec­re­tary.

“He was se­lected not only through a de­ci­sion from the cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the ANP, but also in ac­cor­dance with the wishes of the peo­ple of Ann town­ship,” U Tun Aung Kyaw said.

A de­ci­sion taken at the party’s sev­enth cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing this month was backed by dis­trict- and town­shiplevel party mem­bers and fur­ther sup­ported by an ANP-com­mis­sioned pub­lic opin­ion sur­vey that found a ma­jor­ity of Ann town­ship res­i­dents in sup­port of U Aye Maung’s can­di­dacy, U Tun Aung Kyaw added.

Should the ANP chair choose to ac­cept the party’s nom­i­na­tion, his name will be submitted to the Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (UEC).

U Aye Maung made a failed bid for a Rakhine State leg­is­la­ture seat in last year’s gen­eral elec­tion, los­ing to Na­tional League for Democ­racy can­di­date U Bo Nwe in Manaung town­ship’s con­stituency No 2. With about 23.5 per­cent of the vote, U Aye Maung trailed Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party can­di­date U Tha Nyunt, who gar­nered 33.4pc, and U Bo Nwe’s 40.4pc plu­ral­ity.

The ANP, nonethe­less, was the coun­try’s best-per­form­ing eth­nic po­lit­i­cal party in the 2015 poll, win­ning 23 seats in the Rakhine State leg­is­la­ture and 22 seats in the Union par­lia­ment.

The Ann con­stituency up for grabs in the by-elec­tion, to be held on April 1, 2017, was won by USDP can­di­date U Thein Swe. He va­cated that Pyithu Hlut­taw seat in March, when he was se­lected by the Na­tional League for Democ­racy govern­ment to serve as Union min­is­ter for labour, im­mi­gra­tion and pop­u­la­tion.

U Tun Aung Kyaw said the ANP would com­pete in next year’s by­elec­tion law­fully and to the best of its abil­ity, with the party be­liev­ing the April out­come will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the 2020 gen­eral elec­tion.

The UEC be­gan ac­cept­ing can­di­date sub­mis­sions yes­ter­day and po­lit­i­cal par­ties have un­til De­cem­ber 7 to put for­ward their nom­i­na­tions.

A 60-day cam­paign pe­riod will be­gin on Jan­uary 30, ac­cord­ing to U Thurein Htut, a Rakhine State elec­tion of­fi­cial.

Nine­teen seats – nine in the Pyithu Hlut­taw, three in the Amyotha Hlut­taw, and seven in state and re­gional leg­is­la­tures – will be up for a vote on April 1, with these con­stituen­cies cur­rently lack­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

– Trans­la­tion by Zaw Nyunt

Photo: EPA

U Aye Maung, chair of the Arakan Na­tional Party (ANP), at­tends the first day of the new par­lia­ment ses­sion in Sit­twe, Rakhine State, on Fe­bru­ary 8.

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