Nay Pyi Taw, March (16)

According to junta-run propaganda publications that were issued on the 15th of March, 23 parties have submitted applications for establishment and registration as political parties with the Union Election Commission (UEC) for the junta’s sham election.

According to Section 25 of the Political Parties Registration Law, the Kha Mee National Development Party and the United Nationalities Democracy Party, which want to remain political parties, applied for registration on March 14, the junta UEC said.

In the application of political parties from February 1 to March 14, there are five parties that will organize for the entire union and 18 parties that will organize just within a region or state.

The five parties that will organize the entire union include the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNLD), the Public Contribute Students Democracy Party, the Union Democratic Party, and the National Unity Party.

Of the remaining 18 ethnic political parties, it is likely that they will organize for elections in Kachin State, Shan State, Rakhine State, Karen State, and Mon State, where most of their ethnic groups live.

The Mon Unity Party (MUP), which won the 2020 election and sent two representatives to serve as members of the military council, is currently in Nay Pyi Taw preparing to register as a state-level party.

Former National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmaker U Kyaw Zeya, who resigned from the People’s Pioneer Party, wrote on his Facebook account on March 15 that his party will register under the name of the Union Peace and Unity Party on March 16.

The Military Council reported that the UEC continues to scrutinize parties that have applied for party establishment and registration rights.

According to the Political Parties Registration Law, if the party registration is not submitted within 60 days of the promulgation of the law, it is automatically declared void as a political party.

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