Ruling party targets NLD with slander, bribes

Ruling party targets NLD with slander, bribes

National League for Democracy (NLD)’s by-election candidate May Win Myint in Rangoon’s Mayangon township submitted an official complaint against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for distributing leaflets containing messages directed against the party’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

May Win Myint said the USDP affiliates also distributed financial incentives to residents in Mayangon’s eighth ward on 10 March along with leaflets containing an article written by Ngar Min Swe slandering Suu Kyi.

“The USDP are distributing leaflets in the eighth ward with Ngar Min Swe’s articles along with 50,000 Kyat loans,” said May Win Myint. “We are submitting an official complaint because our rival party is distributing messages against our party and its leader.”

Ngar Min Swe’s article said: “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself had personally worked to bring [about international] sanctions and the people should consider voting for her NLD party only when she apologises to the public.”

The USDP’s Mayangon by-election candidate Ye Htut earlier on 10 March held a conference with Ngar Min Swe at the Myanmar Convention Centre in the township where they distributed leaflets with similar content.

Ngar Min Swe is somewhat of an infamous figure within Burma due to his frequent incendiary reports that appeared in state publications during the junta’s regime. This isn’t the first time the writer has taken similar measures against denouncing the NLD.

Ngar Min Swe has distributed critical material in Rangoon Division’s Kawhmu, Thongwa townships and in Magwe Division.  The leaflets were filled with personal attacks against Suu Kyi, which had not been approved by the election commission that oversees the publication of political literature.

The run up to the April by-elections have been marred with several reports of fraud, intimidation and foul play. Political parties and their candidates have complained several times during the past two weeks of government tampering amid reports of the existence of fraudulent voter lists.

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