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Suu Kyi cancels Mandalay campaign trip

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Aung San Suu Kyi has postponed her second major campaign trip, this time to Mandalay, after officials said a football stadium would be closed “for government inspection.”
Aung San Suu Kyi in Launglon Township in January  Photo: MizzimaThe trip will be rescheduled, National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima.
“The Election Commission gave [her] a permit to give a speech. The Bahtoo Stadium is owned by the Myanmar Football Federation. Earlier, they verbally agreed that if the commission gave a permit, they would rent the stadium. But, shortly before the designated time, they said that top officials would inspect the stadium and so they could not rent it,” he said. The law requires a political party to apply for a permit seven days before an event is held. The NLD applied 10 days prior to the event.
The NLD tried to book the Mandalay Mountain and the Shan Stadium, according to Ohn Kyaing, who is running for a seat in Parliament from the Mandalay area. For the Mandalay Mountain stadium “we applied for permission to the Chief Minister. But, we didn’t receive any reply.”

The Shan Stadium was available, he said, but it was finally deemed too small to hold the large turnout that is expected when Suu Kyi speaks during her first campaign trip to Mandalay, the country’s second largest city.

 Thousands of supporters greeted Suu Kyi when she visited the Dawei industrial zone area in southern Burma on January 29.
On Tuesday, she traveled outside Rangoon to Myaing Township, Magway Region, to observe a poverty alleviation program and she also visited the Nyaung-U and Pakokku area during her one-day trip.

The NLD is contesting in 48 seats in Parliament in the April 1 by-election.
Last Updated ( Friday, 03 February 2012 19:45 )  

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