16 new political parties in Myanmar seek registration for election

12:45, April 10, 2010      

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A total of 16 newly-formed political parties in Myanmar has sought registration with the government-appointed Union Election Commission as legal ones and then for contesting in the coming multi-party general election this year, according to an announcement of the commission broadcast by the state radio Friday night.

Of the 10 other political parties already in legal existence since the previous 1990 general election, three have applied for re-registration with the commission for continued existence and then for taking part in the election.

However, the commission warned that the remaining old parties shall have to do so within 60 days with the ultimatum set for May 6 or will be automatically revoked according to the party registration law enacted on March 8 this year.

Blaming some tough restrictions of the party registration law, the National League for Democracy (NLD), one of the 10 old political parties, has adopted a decision against re-registration to take part in the election and at the same time it faces dissolution for not doing so after 60 days according to the said law.

Myanmar government announced a seven-step roadmap in August 2003 which mainly include the reconvening of the national convention, drafting of new state constitution, holding of national referendum on drafted constitution, sponsoring general election and formation of new civilian government to which the state power is said to be transferred.

Source: Xinhua


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