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.

USDP to run for 149 seats

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has released its list of candidates for the November 8 election.

Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Hla Htay Win will run for the Upper House Yangon Region constituency No.9, while the naval chief, Admiral Thura Thet Swe, will compete in the Lower House Cocokyun constituency.

USDP saves seat for Thein Sein

The Union Solidarity and Development Party has left a seat in Zabuthiri constituency for President Thein Sein, said U Maung Maung Thein, the USDP’s general secretary.

“Whether the president runs for the 2015 election will depend on him. No candidate has a reserved seat. The president needs to decide.”

The USDP is yet to choose its presidential candidate.

Suu Kyi registers as candidate

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, has submitted her candidate application form at the election sub-commission office in the south Yangon district in Thanlyin Township.

She will run in Kawhmu Township, South Yangon District. She went to the district court to fill in the candidate application form and then visited the district-level election sub-commission office to register her application.

Thura Shwe Mann discusses elections in BBC interview

Lower House speaker Thura Shwe Mann sat down for an interview with the BBC on July 28.

Parliamentary committee identifies obstacles to federal democratic system

The Parliamentary Committee for International and Inter-parliamentary Affairs submitted a report to the Upper House of parliament on July 24 that lists a plethora of challenges hindering the implementation and flourishing of the federal democracy system in Myanmar.

UNA leader urges members to put resolutions into practice

Aye Thar Aung, chairman of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), urged the group's members to cooperate to put the conclusions of their political talks into practice. He spoke on July 27 during the third meeting of the UNA and its allies in Yangon.