Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // INVESTIGAT­ION -

The Na­tional League for Democ­racy (NLD) is likely to win most of the seats in south­ern Arakan State con­stituen­cies and around three seats in north­ern Arakan State in the up­com­ing elec­tion, pre­dicted the NLD Sit­twe Dis­trict’s Chair­man U Thinkhar Kyaw ac­cord­ing to a Nar­in­jara re­port.

“The NLD was at­tacked by the Arakan peo­ple af­ter 2012 and peo­ple started to have bet­ter views to­wards the party in 2014. We have been co­op­er­at­ing with other par­ties and so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions for mat­ters re­lat­ing to Arakan State,” said U Thinkhar Kyaw.

The NLD has taken steps to reach out to the gen­eral public in north­ern Arakan State where a na­tion­al­ist move­ment has been ac­tive.

The NLD’s chair­per­son Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will ar­rive in Thandwe on 16 Oc­to­ber as part of her trip to Thandwe, Toun­gup, and Gwa. All NLD can­di­dates run­ning in Arakan State have been in­vited to Thandwe by Oc­to­ber 15th. The NLD won three seats in Arakan State in the 1990 Elec­tion. Mean­while, armed clashes with eth­nic armies across large ar­eas of Myan­mar are slow­ing the work of po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns as the coun­try pre­pares for na­tional elec­tions.

Fight­ing in Kachin State be­tween the Kachin In­de­pen­dence Army (KIA) and gov­ern­ment troops has closed roads and made travel dan­ger­ous, Htun Aung Khine, an elec­tion com­mis­sion of­fi­cer for Kachin state, said.

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