NLD candidates woo vot­ers in Yan­gon’s Seikkan town­ship

The Myanmar Times - - News - NAW BETTY HAN news­room@mm­times.com

PAR­LIA­MEN­TARY candidates from the rul­ing Na­tional League for Democ­racy (NLD) cam­paigned yes­ter­day in Seikkan town­ship be­fore Satur­day’s by-elec­tions.

The cam­paign fea­tured a singing and com­edy per­for­mance near Bo­tah­taung Pagoda in down­town Yan­gon.

The rul­ing party is run­ning on the motto, “Let’s vote for NLD to con­tinue change to­gether with the peo­ple” in the hope of win­ning the elec­torate’s con­tin­ued sup­port.

“We hope that we can con­tinue to rep­re­sent the peo­ple through this by­elec­tion. The peo­ple still need to have a good leader for a bet­ter fu­ture,” said U Than Htike Aung, NLD’s can­di­date in Seikkan.

The Pan Ye Lan band and co­me­di­ans per­formed at the cam­paign rally.

On Mon­day the main op­po­si­tion Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party held a cam­paign rally in Yan­gon’s Tarmwe Town­ship, the con­stituency of Pres­i­dent U Win Myint.

The USDP, whose cam­paign motto is “It’s time to re­con­sider,” urged vot­ers to think care­fully be­fore sup­port­ing the NLD as they did in the 2015 elec­tions.

There are 13 va­cant seats up for elec­tion on Satur­day, but the USDP is com­pet­ing for only 10 be­cause the oth­ers are in eth­nic ar­eas. The NLD is com­pet­ing in all 13 con­stituen­cies.

Sixty-nine candidates, in­clud­ing in­de­pen­dents, are vy­ing for the seats.

The Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has al­lowed po­lit­i­cal par­ties to cam­paign for 60 days, from Septem­ber 3 to Novem­ber 1.

Photo: Aung Myin Ye Zaw

An NLD can­di­date talks with in­ter­na­tional ob­servers while cam­paign­ing in Seikkan town­ship on Tues­day.

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