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Euro-Burma Office Election Monitor 19 to 25 June 2010 ELECTION MONITOR NO.29 NEW APPROVED APPLICATIONS TO REGISTER AS A POLITICAL PARTY Of the parties that have been granted permission to set up political parties, the following have submitted their applications to register with the Union Election Commission: 1. Khami National Development Party 2. Mro National Party 3. National Democratic Force 21 June 2010 (Date of Application)1 23 June 2010 (Date of Application)2 24 June 2010 (Date of Applic
  Euro-Burma OfficeElection Monitor 19 to 25 June 2010 1 E LECTION M ONITOR NO .29 NEW APPROVED APPLICATIONS TO REGISTER AS A POLITICAL PARTY Of  the parties that have been granted   permission to set up political parties, the following havesubmitted their applications to register with the Union Election Commission:1.   Khami National Development Party 21 June 2010 (Date of Application) 1  2.   Mro National Party 23 June 2010 (Date of Application) 2  3.   National Democratic Force 24 June 2010 (Date of Application) 3  To date, 33 of the 38 parties that have requested registration as political parties have beenpermitted to register. WA PARTY TO CONTEST FEW HOME SEATS The Wa National Unity Party (WNUP) plans to field candidates in four constituencies in Shan Stateaccording to a senior party official. It does not expect to contest many seats in the Wa self-administered Division because most areas there are still not “stable”, said 71-year-old party patronU Saw Phillip San. “When the day comes that there is real peace and stability in the whole Wa region, we will expand our campaigning and political activities in those areas. But now it isimpossible for most residents from the Wa self-administered region to participate in the election because of the lack of stability there,” he added. The WNUP is focusing on securing seats in theShan State (Regional) Hluttaw, rather than the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, or national parliament. TheLashio-based party expects to field candidates in Lashio, Kengtung, Tang Yan and Hopang townships,where there are significant numbers of Wa people. Of these, only Hopang is in the Wa self-administered Division presently known as Northern Shan State Special Region (2). Under electionlaws, groups planning to contest only State or Regional Hluttaw seats are required to have at least500 members withi n 90 days of the party’s official formation. U Saw Phillip San said that the WNUPhad signed up 400 members at the beginning of June and expected to have 500 by the end of themonth. 4   KDA OPTS OUT OF 2010 ELECTION Shan State-based ceasefire group the Kachin Defense Army (KDA) will not form a political party to contest this year’s election, the group’s chairman said last week. U Mahtu Naw said the KDA wouldfocus on regional development and had no plans to enter politics in 2010. “If we look at the past, wecan see that all most of the political parties did was fight. Because they didn’t have any unity, thesystem of democracy didn’t move forward,” said the 66-year-old KDA chief. However, U Mahtu Nawadded that he supported the 2008 constitution and expected that KDA members would vote in theelections. The KDA broke away from the Kachin Independence Army in 1990 and signed a ceasefireagreement with the government in 1991. In January, it acceded to government requests to 1 New applications to register as political party -   http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/NLM2010-06-22.pdf  (NLM) 22 June2010 2 New applications to register as political party - http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/NLM2010-06-24.pdf  (NLM) 24 June 2010 3 New applications to register as political party - http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/NLM2010-06-25.pdf  (NLM) 25 June 2010 4 Wa party to contest few home seats -   http://www.mmtimes.com/2010/news/528/news001.html (Myanmar Times) 21June 2010  Euro-Burma OfficeElection Monitor 19 to 25 June 2010 2transform into a Border Guard Force. It is officially known as the Kaung Khar Region Militia based inNorthern Shan State and the group is now focused on socio-economic development of its region. 5   FIRST POSTERS AGAINST 2010 ELECTIONS APPEAR IN KACHIN STATE Kachin State is witnessing the first poster protests against the forthcoming general elections.Pamphlets are being distributed and posters pasted in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, sinceJune 19. The posters have been pasted on the walls around the three major cities in Kachin State -Myitkyina, Bhamo and Waingmaw Townships - said eyewitnesses. While no group has officiallytaken responsibility for the recent activities, directions are pointing towards the All Kachin StudentsUnion (AKSU) in Kachin State, which has protested against the Irrawaddy Myitsone dam constructionand the 2008 constitution.   The protesters also condemned the junta for refusing to hand overpower after the 1990 general election results to the National League for Democracy (NLD).Meanwhile, ethnic Kachin parties such as the Kachin State Progressive Party, the United DemocracyParty (Kachin State) and the Northern Shan State Progressive Party have applied to form parties tocontest the polls and are still awaiting approval from the Union Election Commission. 6   USDP USES COERCIVE CANVASSING TACTICS IN MON STATE The party created by Burma’s ruling military junta is employing coercive measures to recruit new members while canvassing in Chaungsone Township, Mon State, according to residents. On anelection campaign tour this week, Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) township organiser Myo Min Hlaing’s team ordered village peace and development council chairmen to assemble 50 people from each village and instructed them to vote for the USDP (led by PrimeMinister Thein Sein) a resident said. Prior to the visit by the USDP officials, local village heads tookthe initiative to register local residents and enrolled them as party members. The organizers alsoinformed the residents to vote for the lion (the election logo of the USDP). The only grouprepresenting ethnic Mon people in Mon State, the All Mon Regions Democratic Party (AMRDP), hasyet to start organising and canvassing in the state, according to its party chairman Nai Ngwe Thein. 7   ELECTION COMMISSION BEGINS POLL PREPARATIONS In preparation for the upcoming election, Burmese authorities have tasked 600 schoolteachers inRangoon Division with the mission of organizing voter lists and inputting the information intocomputers, according to sources in Rangoon. They were asked to take lists of eligible voterscollected from across the country, organize the lists and place the information on governmentcomputers. According to a teacher who took part, the process will take at least two months and,once completed, the voters list will be handed over to the Election Commission. Most of theschoolteachers involved in organizing and inputting the voter lists are members of the UnionSolidarity and Development Association (USDA), a junta-backed civil organization. In Burma, schoolteachers are usually assigned as supervisors and polling centre watchers during elections. 8   5 KDA opts out of 2010 election -http://www.mmtimes.com/2010/news/528/news003.html (Myanmar Times) 21 June 2010 6 First posters against 2010 elections appear in Kachin state - http://www.kachinnews.com/News/First-posters-against-2010-elections-appear-in-Kachin-State.html (Kachin News) 22 June 2010 7 USDP uses coercive canvassing tactics in Mon state -   http://www.mizzima.com/news/election-2010/4058-usdp-uses-coercive-canvassing-tactics-in-mon-state.html (Mizzima) 24 June 2010 8 Election commission begins polls preparations - http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18772 (Irrawaddy) 21 June 2010  Euro-Burma OfficeElection Monitor 19 to 25 June 2010 3 COURSE ON ELECTION PROCESS OPENS IN TAUNGGYI, SHAN STATE The opening of an election process course for members of Taunggyi Township Election Sub-commission and ward and village-tract election sub-commissions in Shan State (East) took place atthe Shan Literature and Culture Association Hall in Taunggyi on 21 June. The Chairman of thetownship election sub-commission delivered an introductory speech. Township election sub-commission members U Khin Maung Kyi, U Shwe Mann and U Aung Naing gave clarifications on thePyithu Hluttaw, Amyotha Hluttaw and Region/ State Hluttaw Election Laws and Regulations. Also,Township election sub-commission officials U Myint Thein and U Myo Thet Kyaw explained the workguidelines for ward/village-tract and township election subcommissions, respectively. The coursewas attended by 245 trainees. 9   UNION ELECTION COMMISSION ISSUES DIRECTIVE NO.2/2010 The Union Election Commission issued Directive No.2/2010 dated 21 June 2010. The informaltranslation of the directive is as follows:- Union of Myanmar Union Election CommissionNay Pyi TawDirective No.2/201010th Waxing of First Waso 1372 ME(21 June 2010)Subject: Enlisting the strength of political partiesIntroduction 1.   For holding a free and fair multi-party democracy general election in 2010, the Union Election Commission is grantingpermission to set up political parties and register as political parties in accord with the Political Parties RegistrationLaw.2.   Under Section 9 of Political Parties Registration Law, the parties that have been granted permission to register aspolitical parties shall have to submit a report to the UEC that they have enlisted the prescribed strength of theirparties in accord with Section 11 and Rule 13(a) (b) after mobilizing their members in accordance with Section 10.3.   The UEC, therefore, has issued the directive under Section 26 of Political Parties Registration Law in order that thepolitical parties that have been granted permission to register shall act in conformity with the law in enlisting theprescribed number of party members. Procedures to follow 4.   Political parties may follow the following procedures for enlisting the prescribed number of party members:-a.   Assembling and giving speeches at a designated place with the permission of the sub-commission concernedb.   Writing, printing and publishing Applying for permission to assemble and give speeches 5.   Those political parties that want to assemble and give speeches at a designated place shall have to apply to the sub-commission concerned at least seven days ahead as mentioned hereunder to get a permit.a.   The State or Division Sub-commission concerned for the townships where State or Division Sub-commissionoffice is located.b.   The District Sub-commission concerned for the townships where District Sub-commission office is located.c.   The Township Sub-commission concerned for the remaining townships except the townships mentioned in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b)6.   Those political parties that want to assemble and give speeches at their party headquarters or branches shall have toreport to the sub-commission concerned at least seven days ahead without necessity to apply for permission.7.   The political parties entitled to apply: In applying for permission according to the paragraph 5, the chairman, thesecretary of the party headquarters, state/division, district, or township concerned or a person who takes the sameresponsibility of the said chairman or secretary shall have to sign the application. 9 Course on election process opened in Taunggyi, Shan state -   http://www.burmalibrary.org/docs09/NLM2010-06-25.pdf  (NLM) 25 June 2010  Euro-Burma OfficeElection Monitor 19 to 25 June 2010 4 8.   Points to be mentioned in the application: In applying for the permit, political parties concerned shall have tomention that they will assemble and give speeches in conformity with the prohibitions, provisions included in thepermit and the rules and regulations in addition to the following points in the application.a.   the planned placeb.   the planned datec.   starting time and finishing time (estimate)d.   the number of attendees (estimate)e.   the names, National Registration Card Nos. and addresses of permitted speaker or speakersf.   The name, NRC No and address of the applicant9.   Scrutiny to be conducted by the sub-commission concerned: As regards for applying for the permit according toparagraphs 5, 7 and 8, the sub-commission concerned:-a.   shall issue the permit or reject the application after scrutinizing the application as necessaryb.   shall have to mention the following points in the permit if it is to be issued:-1)   date and Venue of the issuance2)   starting and finishing time.3)   Name, National Registration Card No. and address of permitted speaker or speakers.c.   Rules prohibiting the act of marching to the designated gathering point and the venue holding flags or marchingand chanting slogans in procession, and stating to disperse without any slogan-chanting marches at the end of assembling and speeches shall be stipulated in the permit.d.   The following points shall be stipulated in a permit as necessary:1)   Not to disturb any public places such as government offices, organizations, factories, workshops, workplaces, markets, sports grounds, religious places, schools and people’s hospitals.  2)   Not to exceed the capacity of buildings or halls designated as assembling venue for speeches (To makethe party concerned to take the responsibility to ensure that there is no assembling outside thebuilding or hall).3)   If a place permitted for assembling and giving speeches is a ground, the number of the attendees shallnot exceed the capacity of the ground.4)   Holding sticks, knives, weapons and ammunition, and any harmful objects are prohibited.5)   Any acts to disturb traffic or to block roads are prohibited.6)   The sound amplified by sound boxes shall be just loud enough to hear inside the permitted room orground in order to avoid public annoyance.7)   The sound amplifying system shall be used in accordance with the existing rules and regulations asnecessary.8)   Other restrictions as necessary.e.   The permit to assembly and give speeches shall be issued at least 48 hours before the due time. If the applicationfor assembling and giving speeches is rejected, the rejection shall be informed with the reasons at least 48 hoursbefore the due time for assembling and giving speeches.f.   If necessary, the rules and regulations enumerated in the permit may be amended or the permit may be revokedfor the sake of security, the rule of law and peace.g.   Potential public places for permission to assemble and give speeches in home regions shall be designated inadvance in coordination with Peace and Development Councils concerned.h.   Measures shall be taken through coordination for Peace and Development Councils and security forcesconcerned to provide protection in order that the process of assembling and giving speeches cannot be harmed.i.   Measures shall be taken through coordination for Peace and Development Councils and security forcesconcerned to make necessary arrangements to ward off any forms of acts that can harm security, the rule of lawand community peace.
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