Four Eights People’s Party changed into People’s Party

Writer: 
Htay Hla Aung
The third plenary meeting of Political Party Organizing Committee is in progress at Golden City Light Hotel in Mandalay on July 8. (Photo-EMG)
 
The Union Election Commission disallowed the name submission of Four Eights People's Party because of the widespread criticism. Accordingly, the party’s name was changed into the People’s Party. The logo and flag of the party were also approved, quoted a passage from the meeting minutes of the Political Party Organizing Committee. 
 
The third plenary meeting of Political Party Organizing Committee was held at Golden City Light Hotel in Mandalay on July 8. Ko Ko Gyi, the leader of Political Party Organizing Committee, said that the name of Four Eights Political Party was changed into the People’s Party. If the new name of the party was objected, another name would be replaced as an auxiliary one.
 
Friends of journalists seem to be excited about the naming of the political party. This is because the UEC told us the name change of the party. We agreed on it. We have experienced different situations unlike other parties since beginning the establishment of the party. Will this time also see the objection? The journalists seem to be excited about this time will be the same matter. In these cases, we have already prepared. We have vowed to stand as a political party, Ko Ko Gyi said.
 
We hope we will not see another objection to our new name of political party. We have already decided our plan B. Another name has been considered as an auxiliary one, too. We are going to Nay Pyi Taw to submit our documents to the UEC, Ko Ko Gyi said.
 
“We are unaware of who are objecting our party’s name. Regarding the registration of the name of a political party, only other ones have the right to object,” Ko Ko Gyi said.
 
In real, there was much criticism for naming the party as Four Eights. The UEC disallowed the name of Four Eights because it represented the significant day of the country.
 
We follow the laws. As far as I understand, only political parties should object to our naming of political party. We accept if a certain party objects to our political party. We tried to use the name, the logo and the flag to be different from other political parties. If we faced a further objection, we would follow the law, Ko Ko Gyi said.
 
We are late so we will be able to participate in the by-elections to be held in November this year, Ko Ko Gyi said.
 
Present at the plenary meeting were the leaders of the committee and delegates from six regions, Shan and Mon States and Nay Pyi Taw Council Area. 
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut