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Mon party given approval to register

The Mon National Democratic Front, which won five seats in the annulled 1990’s general elections, has been approved to register under a new party name – the Mon Democracy Party.

Nai Soe Myint, Central Committee member of the MDP, said the Union Election Commission informed the party yesterday that their registration had been approved.

According to Burma’s election laws, a party must submit a list of at least 1,000 members within 90 days to the UEC. THE MDP is now preparing to tour townships in Mon state to begin recruiting.

Nai Soe Myint said the party chose the new name in preparation for a proposed merger with the All Mon Region Democracy Party that picked up 16 parliamentary seats in the 2010 elections.

The MDP’s 11-member Central Executive Committee includes former MNDF vice-chairman Nai Ngwe Thein as the chairman and secretary Min Soe Lin and joint-secretary Dr Min Kyi Min.

The group has also formed its central committee that is comprised of 42 members.

Earlier in the month, the Zomi National Congress, which was not granted permission to register by the Union Election Commission over a naming row in May, has also been given the green light to join the country’s official political landscape under a new title – the Zomi Congress for Democracy.

The ZCD’s spokesperson Pu Kam Lam Khup said the party would appoint a central committee and executive members and file for registration within 30 days in accordance with the country’s election laws.



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