Nay Pyi Taw, 21 September
The names of civil servants have been found on the party lists of the existing parties– Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the National Unity Party, the National Political Democratic Party, and the Federal Democratic Party, said the junta-established Union Election Commission (UEC).
A coordination meeting was held in Bago and Mandalay on September 18 to verify the lists of party members sent by the political parties in cooperation with the administrative offices, immigration offices, and township election sub-commissions in the respective townships.
The meeting was attended by state-level party chairmen and officials from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the National Unity Party, the National Political Democratic Party, and the Federal Democratic Party.
The UEC said that the list of party members sent by the four parties within the specified period includes those who are not legally resident, those with the same name and registration number, and those with the same registration card number.
UEC members U Soe Oo and U Than Aung Kyaw said at a meeting held in Bago and Mandalay that it was found that the list of party members included civil servants and party members whose full addresses were not provided.
According to Article 10 of the Political Parties Registration Law, party members must be citizens, associate citizens, and naturalized citizens, and they must not be civil servants.
Section 12 states that a party that does not dismiss party members who are not in conformity with any provision contained in Section 10 will not be allowed to continue as a political party.
Among the four parties, the USDP is the first party to apply for party registration to the UEC, as well as registration number 1 among the 37 existing political parties that have been granted registration.
On the other hand, the USDP is backed by the new authoritarian junta chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, and is still dominated by former military officers.
The National Unity Party changed its name from the Burma Socialist Program Party in September 1988, during the one-party dictatorship before the uprising.
The Federal Democratic Party has changed its name from the former Democratic Party (Myanmar) and has applied for the right to establish and register as a new party.
Another political party, the National Democratic Party, is active in the protection of nationalism and religion.
The junta UEC said that it will check whether the lists of party members submitted by political parties are correct and whether they are actually living on the ground in cooperation with the relevant township administrative offices, immigration offices, and township election sub-commissions.
News – Than Lwin Times