USDP guarantees 'qualification, dignity and goodwill' in by-election campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the major opposition party of Myanmar, will contest the upcoming by-election in a clean manner based on 'qualification, dignity and goodwill towards the people', party chairman Than Htay promised in an election campaign this week.

USDP held talks in Ward 124, Dagon Myothit East Township in Yangon Region on Sunday canvassing local residents for votes.

Election commission receives 2,000 by-election observer applications

The Union Election Commission has received over 2,000 applications to observe the by-elections, scheduled on April 1, according to sources.

Nyunt Tin, a member of the commission, said: “We have had over 1,900 applications are from nine domestic organisations, while 300 from the EU, embassies and international election-observing groups.”

He added that the commission has met with civil-society organisations who were interested in observing by-elections.

Peace process review meeting scheduled for April

A meeting to evaluate the peace process is expected in late April, according to signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.

Government representatives and NCA signatories will talk about Union Peace Conference (aka the 21st-century Panglong conference), reassess political dialogue framework and form local-level joint ceasefire committees at the talks which are known as the ‘Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting’ (JICM).

Speaker visits Kachin refugees

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UPDJC political parties collect economic opinions for second Panglong

YANGON – Political parties in the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) have prepared about 30 economic viewpoints, which will be submitted to the Second Meeting of the Union Peace Conference –21st Century Panglong through the working committee for business affairs.

That information came from Sai Kyaw Nyunt, Joint-Secretary-2 of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD).

Candidates must only wear UEC badge on by-election day

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has told individual candidates and the 24 political parties that will be competing in by-elections on April 1 they must only wear badges given by the UEC’s sub-commissions.

The candidates are prohibited from wearing their parties’ brands, clothes and brooches.

The electoral agency also warned candidates that they need to conduct a campaign for voters and members, as per Sections 61 and 62 of the election law, which relate to criminal acts.

NLD calls for byelections in Mongshu to be suspended

YANGON – The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party has requested that byelections be postponed in three village-tracts in Mongshu Township – in Loilen district in Shan State – because of security concerns.

Thein Win, chairman of the Mongshu Election Sub-commission, said the NLD’s request would be submitted to the Union Election Commission (UEC) once the opinions of other parties and respective organisations were collected.

New Mon State Party prepares to sign ceasefire agreement

The New Mon State Party (NMSP) is preparing to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) so it can attend Union-level political talks, Naing Win Hla, a senior member of the NMSP, said.
Naing Win Hla said this when the party met Mon monks, political representatives and civil society groups in Mawlamyine on Wednesday.

Rebels blame govt for Kokang fighting

 Fighting is continuously occurring in Kokang on the Chinese border and the government has not made contact with rebel groups, according to Brigadier General Dr Nyo Tun Aung, deputy commander-in-chief of the Arakan Army (AA) and spokesman for the Northern Alliance.

Suu Kyi wants Sagaing growth

 State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has asked Sagaing Region’s government to work closely with Nay Pyi Taw to improve electricity and transport, according to a statement from her office.