Veteran Myanmar politician says gov`t party to win
A veteran politician contesting the political party backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps.
Yangon: A veteran politician contesting
Myanmar`s upcoming elections said today the political party
backed by the ruling military junta will easily win the most
seats because challengers face financial and other handicaps.
Thu Wai, chairman of the newly formed Democratic Party
(Myanmar), said the challenger parties can field candidates in
less than half of the national and regional constituencies.
But the junta`s backing gives the Union Solidarity and
Development Party, led by Prime Minister Thein Sein, access to
money and a national presence, and the party is widely
expected to receive the most votes.
The Nov 7 elections are the first in impoverished Myanmar
in two decades. The National League for Democracy party of
detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which
overwhelmingly won the last elections in 1990 but was barred
by the military from taking power, has decided to boycott the
"By creating obstacles to other political parties before
the election, it won`t be necessary to cheat or rig votes in
the election as the USDP is getting the upper hand. Thus
voting (itself) will be free and fair," Thu Wai said.
All candidates contesting the polls must pay the Election
Commission a deposit of 500,000 kyat (USD 500), more than half
a year`s salary for an average schoolteacher.