NLD candidate list likely to change before deadline

The National League for Democracy (NLD) will be able to make a few changes to its list of nominees for the 2015 national elections before August 8 – the deadline for submitting candidate lists – despite already having announced its candidates on August 1, said U Nyan Win, a member of the NLD’s central executive committee.

NLD announces candidates

The National League for Democracy has released its candidates for the November 8 election.

On July 29, NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi submitted her candidate application form to run for a Lower House seat in Kawhmu Township, Yangon South District.

Most of candidates are locals and some will compete in the constituencies where they ran in the 2012 by-elections.

Komen-hit party demands more time from UEC

The Myanmar Farmers’ Development Party will ask the Union Election Commission for more time to submit candidate applications in the flood-affected regions, including Magway, Sagaing and Bago, according to its chairperson Kyaw Swa Soe. 

Cyclone Komen has hit most of Myanmar, damaging transport and hindering the application process. The UEC should delay the deadline as candidates were struggling to cope with the natural disaster, Kyaw Swa Soe added.

Most NLD MPs to contest their seats

MP Min Thu from the National League for Democracy (NLD) has told the Daily Eleven that most of the MPs representing the party will contest their seats in the November 8 election.

“We have 45 seats in Parliament and we will be contesting almost of them unless an MP cannot participate due to poor health,” said Min Thu.

The NLD has already declared that it will be contesting in almost every constituency, with almost 4,000 candidates in total.

Jolie visits Yangon activists

Movie star Angelina Jolie Pitt visited the YMCA Hall in Yangon on July 31 to observe a voter awareness programme being run by the “She Leads” initiative and asked about the November 8 election.

More than 500 female members take part in the initiative that will last more than nine months and is being supported by a UK charity.

ANP aims to form Rakhine govt

The chairperson of the Arakan National Party (ANP), Dr Aye Maung, said the party wants to compete in 70 constituencies in the November 8 election in the aim of forming the Rakhine State government. 

The Rakhine parliament has 63 constituencies, 34 for the State Parliament, 17 for the Lower House, and 12 for the Upper House. Aye Maung will compete in Manaung Township. Another leader, Aye Thar Aung, is going to run for the Upper House in Myebon and Minbya. 

Suu Kyi’s get candidate scrutiny date

Yangon South District Election Commission on August 21 will scrutinise the candidate application submitted by Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy, to run in the November 8 general election as a Lower House MP for Kawhmu Township.

The Union Election Commission announced that the candidate applications would be scrutinised from August 12 to 21.

Summit agrees who will sign ceasefire

Ethnic armed groups at a meeting in Chiang Mai have decided that all members of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will participate in signing the ceasefire agreement.

The delegation reported to ethnic leaders about the results of the meetings held in Yangon from July 22 to 24.

The summit in Thailand approved the ceasefire deal and agreed on the parties which would sign the document and who would witness the event.

Sixteen groups formed the NCCT in late 2013 at a conference in Laiza, Kachin State.

Jolie to meet Suu Kyi in Yangon

UN envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt is due to meet Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at her home on University Avenue Road in Yangon on Saturday, according to the National League for Democracy central executive committee member Win Htein.

In the afternoon, Jolie Pitt will meet residents and organisations promoting women’s rights, voter participation ahead of the November 8 election and interfaith relations.

May Sabe Phyu from the Gender Equality Network said the group had been invited.

USDP brushes off Speaker controversy

General Secretary Maung Maung Thein of the Union Solidarity and Development Party says the partywill not be affected by the controversy regarding the attempt to remove Speaker Thura Shwe Mann since the organisation was established by the military.