Three Chin par­ties unite for 2020 polls

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - – Naw Betty Han

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.

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