Election body rejects 88 Gen party logo, flag
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.