Three Chin parties unite for 2020 polls
Three ethnic Chin political parties merge in a bid to increase their chances of gaining more seats in state and national government in the 2020 general election.
THREE ethnic parties in Chin State have merged to increase their chances of winning seats in the 2020 general election.
The Chin National Democratic Party (CNDP), the Chin Progressive Party (CPP) and the Chin National League for Democracy formally sealed their merger in September as the Chin League for Democracy Party (CLD).
U Tin Tun, secretary of the Union Election Commission, said it has received the new party’s application for registration.
“We accepted their documents on October 16, and it will take about two months to process them,” he said.
“Newly formed parties are required to submit the names of 15 representatives. We gave them a list of 18 people, six from each of the three parties,” said Salai Ngai Sak, chairman of the CLD.
“We will contest the 2020 elections, but it is too late to contest the November 3 by-elections,” he said.
The merger is aimed at fostering Chin self-determination, facilitating the formation of a federal democratic union, and electing Chin leaders to the Myanmar government.
The leaders of the three parties will rotate as chair of the CLD. Ethnic Chin will have a clear choice of representatives in the 2020 elections with the merger, said Salai Cieu Bik Thawng, secretary of the CNDP.
“The vote of the Chin people will not be divided among different parties, which is what happened in the past,” he added.
The central committee of the CLD – which has 39 members, 13 from each of the three former parties – will organise its political machinery.
In the by-election, the CNDP and CPP will field candidates in Chin’s Kanpetlet and Matupi townships, respectively.