“I would get out of Rakhine politics if my son did not win a seat in by-election”: Dr Aye Maung

Writer: 
Than Hlaing

 

I would get out of the Rakhine politics if my son did not win a seat in the upcoming by-election, Dr Aye Maung said at the court appearance at the district court in Rakhine State on September 14.

Tin Maung Win, son of Dr Aye Maung has registered at the UEC to compete for a seat in No.2 Yathaedaung Township constituency as independent candidate.

“Yathaedaung is my native town. I assign my son to compete in Yathaedaung constituency,” Dr Aye Maung said.

On September 10, the court passed an order to charge Dr Aye Maung under Section 122 (1) high treason and 505 (b) conducting public mischief. But the court dropped the charge against him under Section 17 (1) of Unlawful Associations Act.

Independent candidate Tin Maung Win said: “I have started carrying out canvassing campaign for the by-election since September 7. I face no difficulties until now. I decided to compete in the by-election under the guidance of my father. I will do everything in the legal bound. Decision depends on the people. I applied for the establishment of a new party under the name of Father Arakan Land to the Union Election Commission (UEC). The UEC rejected my application. So I will submit my application under other name. I have not confirmed the name of new political party yet. I am one of the party founders."

No.2 Yathaedaung Township constituency is vacant as MP Phoe Min who also served as deputy speaker of Rakhine State parliament passed away. Maung Hla Myint from Arakan National Party (ANP), Thein Maung from the the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), Khin Maung Than from National League for Democracy (NLD) and independent candidate Tin Maung Win will participate in the vacant constituency.