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After losing members, party looks to restructure

The National Democratic Force is looking to restructure after losing about half of its members, including parliamentary representatives who are flocking back to their former organisation — the National League for Democracy.

The NDF’s leader Khin Maung Swe said the party is looking to revamp its leadership and organizational capacity ahead of the upcoming 2015 general elections.

“We need to create policies concerning our strategies, campaigning and [organizational] structures,” said Khin Maung Swe.

Former high-ranking NLD members created the NDF in 2010, after breaking away from the organisation when its leaders decided to boycott general elections. The group came fifth in the 2010 polls, winning 16 seats.

After taking up their parliamentary seat, one of the group’s leaders and elected representatives Thein Nyunt and four other NDF parliamentarians broke away and formed the New National Democratic Party.

This April, three more NDF parliamentarians resigned from the party and rejoined the NLD.

Khin Maung Swe said the party is looking to expand its Central Executive Committee for 15 to 25 members and is planning to have a central-level meeting during the second week of June to discuss restructuring plans.

“We are planning a central meeting with our members nationwide to get their opinions on replacements, expansion and duty assignments as well as to lay out effective policies and guidelines [for the party],” said Khin Maung Swe.

The NDF holds eight parliamentary seats and has about 8000-10,000 registered members.


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