Parties accuse State Counsellor, NLD of violations

A dozen political parties have claimed that State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), had violated the 2008 Constitution and election regulations.

The 12 parties are raising an issue against Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for allegedly engaging in party activities by campaigning for NLD via state media.

They said she had spoken on state media, telling the people to vote for NLD, that the party would take responsibility if its elected MPs did anything inappropriate, and about changing the motto after the first anniversary of the new government.

U Thu Wai, chair of the Democratic Party -- one of the 12 parties -- said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi violated Section 232 of the 2008 Constitution, which prohibited Union ministers from taking part in party activities from the day of their appointments.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is also foreign minister in the Union government.

“In her speech, she mentioned NLD activities. A Union minister cannot take part in party activities. That’s why we need to object.

“We are going to send our objection letters to the State Counsellor, her party and the Union Election Commission (UEC).

“The letters will be sent after the Thingyan holidays,” he told The Myanmar Times yesterday.

The 12 parties also released a statement last Friday on the matter.

They accused the NLD of breaking election regulations after two party leaders - NLD patron Thura U Tin Oo and CEC member U Win Htein – made comments on the ruling party’s leadership in government for the past year on state television and state-owned newspaper on March 31.

It was the day before the April 1 by-elections held in 19 constituencies and 22 townships to fill vacant seats in three parliaments. Campaigning is prohibited on the eve of polling day.

U Zaw Htay, the director-general of the President’s Office, said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi only meant to brief the people on what the new government had done over the past year when she made the speech.

“The election campaign was just for the related constituency while her speech was meant for the whole country,” he said, commenting on the objections raised.