USDP to announce decision to compete in by-election in mid-June

Nay Yaing and Zeyar Tun

The major opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) will announce its decision to compete or not in the upcoming by-election in mid-June, said party's spokesperson Thein Tun Oo.

"I want to say we will be able to clearly say whether we will compete in the by-election or not in the middle of next month. We have yet to decide. We have many doubts about the by-election," Thein Tun Oo told the media on the sidelines of a youth conference held at the USDP headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw on May 30.

USDP is planning to seek a meeting with the Union Election Commission (UEC) soon.

"When we meet them, we will ask them how transparent they were in their selection process. We will also demand the commission be unbiased and impartial in election. They have to keep a promise. If there is no partiality and party attachment, we will compete," said the spokesperson.

Asked about the party's doubts over the by-election, Thein Tun Oo said: "Briefly speaking, in recent months, election commissions at various levels made choices (of candidates). Under the instruction of the UEC, lower level election sub-commissions sent their proposed selections. The UEC then reviewed and made changes one or two times. And these are the doubts we cast."

He commented that if things went on in a transparent manner, democracy would flourish more.