THE DE­BATE

Will party ten­sions change vot­ing be­hav­iour?

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // INTERVIEW -

There are dis­agree­ments in choos­ing the elec­toral can­di­dates of our party. It is re­al­ity. And there are some weak­nesses in the party’s man­age­ment. But our party can with­stand op­pres­sion. The party’s fight­ing spirit will find a so­lu­tion in the up­com­ing elec­tion. Monywa Aung Shin (Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber of

Na­tional League for Democ­racy)

Our party has con­fi­dence in build­ing a po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment. There are con­flicts. We are try­ing to be pa­tient with things we could not be pa­tient with in the past. We are mak­ing ef­forts to avoid party dis­in­te­gra­tion. Re­form must be con­ducted through the party’s strength. Dr. Aye Maung (Chair­man of Rakhine Na­tional Party)

Both the rul­ing party and op­po­si­tion par­ties have weak party-dis­ci­pline. Even if they have [strong party-dis­ci­pline], they do not fol­low it. De­spite in­ter­nal dis­agree­ments within the par­ties, the par­ties do not split, so in­ter­nal ten­sions be­tween the par­ties will have very lit­tle ef­fect on the elec­tion.

U Ye Htun (Hsi­paw) (Lower House MP)

A lead­er­ship reshuf­fle can im­pact the party, but it is not a coup. Be­fore, we could not hold a party con­fer­ence to reshuf­fle the party lead­er­ship, but CEC (Cen­tral Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee) mem­bers can hold a meet­ing and make changes. Only if we can­celled our party’s con­sti­tu­tion, can it be called a coup. But, we did it in ac­cor­dance with our party’s rules, so I don’t think it will im­pact the elec­tion. U Thaung Kyaw (Yan­gon Re­gion MP) (Union Sol­i­dar­ity and De­vel­op­ment Party) There are in­ter­nal dis­agree­ments within the par­ties. But, both the rul­ing party and the op­po­si­tion party have not split. Gen­er­ally, the peo­ple in main­land ar­eas have al­ready de­cided which party they will vote for. Peo­ple who want to vote for the NLD will not switch to the USDP just be­cause they don’t like the way the NLD chooses its can­di­dates.

U Ye Htun (Hsi­paw) (Lower House MP)

Re­gard­ing the af­fair re­lated to U Shwe Mann, the army made a po­lit­i­cal move be­cause they were wor­ried about some­thing. They made a lead­er­ship reshuf­fle. But their move was not tidy, it was ugly. Dr. Aye Maung (Chair­man of Rakhine Na­tional Party)

There are in­ter­nal dis­agree­ments and quar­rels within both the rul­ing party and the op­po­si­tion party, so the peo­ple don’t know what to do. Although they say they are seek­ing unity and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, there are in­ter­nal con­flicts within their par­ties. So, on whom can the peo­ple rely? In­ter­nal ten­sions within the par­ties can have an im­pact on the peo­ple.

U Myint Swe (Union Democ­racy Party)

In­ter­nal ten­sions within par­ties can im­pact the elec­tion and the peo­ple. As a re­sult, peo­ple may not be able to de­cide who they should choose and who can make changes.

U Aung Than (Mod­ern Union Party)

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