Elec­tion body re­jects 88 Gen party logo, flag

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - NYAN LYNN AUNG nyan­lin­aung@mm­times.com

The Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion says it has re­jected the flag and logo of the Four Eights Peo­ple’s Party, which was founded by mem­bers of the 88 Gen­er­a­tion move­ment and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists this year.

THE Union Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (UEC) has re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion for reg­is­tra­tion of the logo and party flag of a new po­lit­i­cal party led by veteran ac­tivist U Ko Ko Gyi, a mem­ber of 88 Gen­er­a­tion Peace and Open So­ci­ety.

A UEC mem­ber said on Thurs­day it re­ceived rea­son­able ob­jec­tions to deny the trade­mark of the “Four Eights Peo­ple’s Party.”

U Myint Naing, spokesper­son of the com­mis­sion, said the party would need to sub­mit a new de­sign to fin­ish the reg­is­tra­tion process.

“We re­ceived ob­jec­tions about the flag, logo and seal, and they were strong enough to make us re­ject the de­sign,” he said.

The com­mis­sion re­ceived ob­jec­tions con­cern­ing the party’s trade­marks since last April, which it ac­cepted af­ter ex­am­i­na­tion. U Myint Naing said the com­mis­sion con­ducted its duty in ac­cor­dance with the law.

Since its for­ma­tion in Fe­bru- ary, the party has faced var­i­ous ob­jec­tions, in­clud­ing to its first choice of name, “Four Eights Party”. Its critics said the party founders were “pri­vatis­ing” the name of the fa­mous na­tion­wide up­ris­ing in Myan­mar against a bru­tal mil­i­tary regime in 1988.

Fol­low­ing the re­quest by the UEC, which in­formed the founders of its con­cerns over the name in April, the party changed its name to “Four Eights Peo­ple’s Party” in March.

U Ant Bwe Kyaw, spokesper­son of the Four Eights Peo­ple’s Party, said they will dis­cuss the mat­ter with the UEC on Fri­day to de­cide on the is­sue.

Ac­cord­ing to the Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties Reg­is­tra­tion Rule, the UEC has to de­clare to the public the party’s name, logo and flag af­ter the party is granted per­mis­sion to form.

Those want­ing to ob­ject must do so within seven days. If the ob­jec­tions are sus­tained, the UEC can in­struct the party to amend its name and re­ject its reg­is­tra­tion if it fails to do so.

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