Shan party applies to officially register

Shan party applies to officially register

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, who were given the green light to register by the Union Election Commission earlier this month, have submitted the their official application to the government.

SNLD spokesperson Sai Lek said 15 of the party’s officials travelled to the UEC in Naypyidaw last week and submitted the application.

“Our leader Khun Htun Oo and the deputy-leader Sai Nyunt Lwin travelled to the UEC in Naypyidaw and submitted the application to register,” said Sai Lek.

“The UEC’s chairman U Tin Aye said the process would take no more than one month – so the registration will be approved within a month.”

The SNLD was seeking registration under the same party title, logo and flag that it used in 1990 elections.

“Our policy focuses on forming a genuine union, bringing equality to all ethnicities on political, economic and social grounds and to specifically protect these equal rights and sovereignty by the constitution,” said Sai Lek.

The SNLD won 23 seats in the 1990 elections. In 2005, the party’s leaders, Khun Htun Oo and Sai Nyunt Lwin, were charged with treason and given lengthy prison sentences, but were freed in January along with hundreds of other political prisoners.

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