Htay Hla Aung
MANDALAY-Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) will be competing in the upcoming by-election in two constituencies in Mandalay Region and Lechar Township in southern Shan State.
The party also expects to win 80 percent seats in upcoming by-election, says Sai Kham Pai Pha @ Khin Maung Nyunt, SNLD’s Vice-Chairman-2.
“Mainly, we prepare to record the real voter list of Shan nationals and to cast for the candidates representing from our party. We didn’t have low opinion on some parties. We expect to win about 80 percent seats in coming by-election,” said Kham Pai Pha @ Khin Maung Nyunt.
SNLD opened its new branch office of Central Headquarter in Mandalay yesterday morning aiming to prepare in an advance for 2020 General Election.
The new office is the fifth of SNLD’s Headquarter and it will start canvassing voters from Mandalay and Sagaing Regions and Kachin State.
SNLD will compete in vacant constituencies for the parliaments are Mandalay, Shan National Constituency and Lechar Township, southern Shan State.
“In Mandalay Region, our party will be competing in six districts. There are 28 townships in six districts. But, three townships have no vacant seats for Shan nationals. We are going to do canvassing Shan nationals in all constituencies. Our first priority is to do canvassing in Mandalay and Pyin Oo Lwin Districts. We are now striving to win in the by-election. We would like to say voters to cast for our party aiming for building of Federal Union,” said Nan Htwe Hmone from SNLD who will be competing in Shan National Constituency in Mandalay Region.
The by-election will be held on November 3rd and there are 13 vacant constituencies nationwide--- four vacant seats for Lower House parliament, one for Upper House parliament and eight for Region and State parliaments.
The Union Election Commission (UEC) released a statement that candidates can do canvassing for 60 days starting from September 3rd to November 1st.
The ruling National League for Democracy will compete in all vacant constituencies in the November 3rd by-election while the opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party will run for 10 vacant constituencies only.
The UEC also released the lists of eligible voters at respective sub-commission offices from July 9th to 22 for the first time. In October, UEC will again announce the final lists of eligible voters for 14 days.
The SNLD’s vice-Chairman-2 also said that the incumbent UEC ensured greater transparency comparing the ex-UEC. They believed that upcoming by-election would be fair to the political parties.
SNLD has five branch offices: one in Yangon, three branch offices in Shan State and one in Mandalay Region.