Several well-known faces from Burma’s political and academic communities, including nearly two dozen members of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) civic group, have flocked to the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) over the weekend, with many expressing a desire to compete in the November general election as representatives of the party.
According to a source close to the 88GPOS, among the group’s members seeking to stand as NLD candidates in the upcoming elections are: Ko Ko Gyi, Mya Aye, Pyone Cho, Nyan Lin, Zaw Min, Aung Thu and Pandeik Tun, as well as leading female members Thin Thin Aye (a.k.a. Mee Mee), Mar Mar Oo, Thet Thet Aung and two others.
The source said the NLD and 88GPOS are currently negotiating criteria and qualifications for candidates.
“I decided that we need to find a balance between politics in the parliament and on the outside,” said Thet Thet Aung, the 88GPOS’s labour affairs coordinator. “I have chosen to take part in politics because I aim to enact constitutional reform.”
Also expected to seek election for the NLD is respected education activist and leader of the National Network for Education Reform Dr Thein Lwin; human rights activist Zin Mar Aung; blogger and former political prisoner Nay Phone Latt; incumbent rector of Rangoon University Dr Aung Thu; and independent MP in the Rangoon regional parliament Nyo Nyo Thin.