Myanmar Consolidated Media

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi eyes Kawhmu seat

By Kyaw Hsu Mon
Volume 31, No. 605
December 12 - 18, 2011

DAW Aung San Suu Kyi is considering standing for election in the lower house seat of Kawhmu in rural Yangon Region but a final decision has not been made, a party spokesperson said last week.

“I can’t say she will definitely run in Kawhmu because the Union Election Commission hasn’t announced when the by-election will be held. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is just considering that constituency,” said U Nyan Win, a spokesperson for the National League for Democracy.

Following the party’s decision on November 18 to register with the commission and contest the by-elections, there has been a great deal of interest in which seat Daw Aung San Suu Kyi would contest.

U Nyan Win said she wanted to run in a rural seat because she believed she could do more to improve the lives of its constituents than in an urban seat.

“Kawhmu is close to Yangon and convenient to travel to, there are many poor people living there and it will be contested in the by-election,” he said.

The Pyithu Hluttaw seat became vacant when U Soe Tint of the Union Solidarity and Development Party was appointed Deputy Minister for Construction.

U Nyan Win said the NLD was still waiting for approval from the election commission to register.

Forty-eight seats will be contested in the by-elections, including 40 Pyithu Hluttaw constituencies, six Amyotha Hluttaw and two State or Region Hluttaw seats.

Voting was meant to take place before the end of the year but will almost certainly be postponed until early 2012.