U Aye Maung tapped to run for Rakhine seat
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
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.