Yangon, June (7)

The military council, which has yet to set the exact date of the election, is still allowing political parties to register, but the parties are inactive, said the political observers.

The junta-controlled Union Election Commission allowed the registration of 22 political parties in more than a month, from April 20 to the first week of June.

On June 5, the UEC allowed the registration of the People’s Pioneer Party led by the junta-appointed minister of Social Welfare Relief and resettlement, Dr. Thet Thet Khaing, and the Danu National Democracy Party.

However, political analysts criticize the fact that the parties no longer have the right to cooperate politically, make decisions, and act independently under the military regime.

U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, said: “No one dares to travel beyond the Kaunghmudaw Pagoda in Sagaing. There is ongoing fighting in other regions and ethnic regions, so no one can launch a campaign. Even the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) cannot organize. Without controlling 60 percent of the country’s territory amid military conflict, the military council is unable to announce when the election will be held”.

On the other hand, if a political party is to organize only in one region or state under the Political Party Registration Law, it must have at least 1,000 members within 90 days from the date of registration, and must open party offices in at least five townships within the region or state within 180 days.

It has been a month since Shan-ni (Tai Lyan) Solidarity Party (SSP) was approved as a political party, but until today, it has not been able to do anything about party activities, U Aung Khin, the party chairman, told the Than Lwin Times. The SSP has applied to organize in the Sagaing Region.

Political parties are finding it difficult to meet the specified party strength and open offices in Sagaing, where there is no complete peace and stability in the region.

According to Khun Tun Shwe, Joint Secretary 2 of the Pa-O National Organization, which has been allowed party establishment to organize in Shan State, the party is only organizing to achieve the set party members and cannot do anything more.

The military council promised to hold elections from the time it seized power on the grounds of voter fraud in the 2020 election, but the battles aimed at overthrowing the military dictatorship are intensifying across the country.

Therefore, political analysts believe that there will not be a general election under the last military coup led by General Min Aung Hlaing, but that the military council will retain power.

A new political party registration law was passed in late January for the multi-party democratic election that will be held by the junta, which has set a deadline of 60 days to apply to the UEC for party establishment and registration.

There were 63 political parties that applied for party establishment and registration within 60 days, and 40 existing political parties that did not register with the junta UEC were dissolved.

News – Than Lwin Times

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