Twelve candidates on the list announced by the National League for Democracy (NLD) have resigned from the party and replacements are being found, spokesperson Win Myint told the Daily Eleven.
The NLD is set to compete in almost all constituencies in the 8 November election. On 1 August, it announced its list of candidates who will compete in 1,133 constituencies.
Win Myint said the candidates resigned because of business and health issues or unfinished legal charges against them.
“We are making replacements. So far we have made 10 replacements. Our scrutiny and selection group is finding the other replacements,” he said.
He said 20 candidates had resigned up to 5 August and replacements were not being made in response to the complaints against some members.
“We don’t suppress the right to complain. We will review whether they are right or wrong. But without firm evidence, we cannot review. It is natural that if one is chosen, another will oppose. We will not make a replacement in response to every complaint,” said Win Myint.
The Union Election Commission announced that the deadline for submission of parliamentary candidates had been extended to 14 August from 8 August.
There are 1,171 constituencies in the election, and the NLD reportedly will not compete for some seats where allied ethnic parties are running.
Most NLD candidates live in their constituencies.
NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi will run for election as a Lower House MP for Kawhmu Township in Rangoon Division. Eleven out of her 15-member Central Executive Committee will run for election.
Win Myint said the candidate selection process was carried out step-by-step, beginning at township level.