Sunday, August 20, 2017

NDF to register this week

Senior members of the National Democratic Force will travel to Nay Pyi Taw this week to file an application to register as a political party, after the Union Election Commission gave the group permission to form a party on June 14.

“We will submit the forms to register our party in the coming week,” Dr Than Nyein told The Myanmar Times by telephone on June 16.

The National Democratic Force is mostly made up of former members of the National League for Democracy, such as Dr Than Nyein, who is expected to be the new party’s chairman. The NLD decided at a meeting in late March not to participate in this year’s election and was deregistered at midnight on May 6.

Other senior members include U Khin Maung Swe, Dr Win Naing and U Thein Nyunt. Dr Than Nyein said the NDF hopes to win seats in the Pyitaungsu Hluttaw, the lower house of the national parliament, at this year’s election.

“Our preliminary plan is to focus on issues that can be resolved easily and won’t cause confrontation with other groups,” Dr Than Nyein said. “Our longer term goals are to propose changes to economic policy and also step-by-step changes to the constitution.”

According to regulations laid out in election laws released in March, there are two steps to forming a new political party. A group of at least 15 people must file an application for permission to form a party. If this is approved by the Union Election Commission, the group is then able to apply to register as a party.

While there is no deadline for registering new political parties, parties that existed from the 1990 election had to file an application to continue their existence by May 6.