Monday, July 24, 2017

USDP unhappy with NLD in by-election

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) central executive committee spokesperson U Hla Thein said that the actions of senior officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party in the by-election were wrong and a letter of objection had been submitted to the Union Election Commission (UEC) asking them to take action.

“We submitted the letter of objection on May 8. We will wait and see how the commission takes action against them,” he said at the press conference at the USDP head office on May 12.

Before the by-election, the attitudes and the expressions (on TV channels and state-run newspapers) of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, NLD party patron U Tin Oo and NLD CEC secretary U Win Htein seemed to be going against the Constitution, the Political Parties Registration Law and Union Election Commission Law, and 13 political parties, including the USDP, have submitted a letter of complaint to the UEC.

Dr Nandar Hla Myint, USDP spokesperson, said that the letter to the commission was aimed at getting justice.

“We did it because we are aiming to get justice in the coming elections. We didn’t mean to attack the government,” she said.

After the 2015 election, all the objections made by the USDP were curbed. Hence, Dr Nandar Hla Myint said, regarding the UEC, she hopes the commission would be fair in dealing with the parties. At present, as the steps taken by the higher ups of the NLD party violate the law, the objections should be investigated so that action can be taken if necessary, said U Pike Htwe, party central committee secretary.

“If the same violations are committed in the 2020 election, the election will not be fair and just. That’s why we have submitted a prior complaint,” added U Pike Htwe. The complaint filed by 13 parties under USDP has not been investigated, UEC’s chair U Hla Thein said. Likewise, the party has not been notified of the complaint, NLD party’s CEC member U Nyan Win told the media.

Regarding the call for release of a financial report on USDP’s wealth and income sources, the party’s CEC member U Tin Aung Chit said the party will release a financial statement if other parties and representatives do the same.

“The current parties, associations, and even the public are making noise like before. Are the government organisations and Hluttaw representatives ready to declare their wealth and possessions? If they are ready, then we have no problem releasing the statement,” he said.

Although USDP is presently an opposition party, it will not go head-to-head against the government in every matter, U Hla Thein said.

“We will not oppose the government on every issue. We will cooperate with the government if the government is doing right. But, we will be there at the front row, if we have to defend our country and its people. We stand as an opposition party to protect national interests,” he went on.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han and Swe Zin Moe