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NLD commences Central Committee selection process

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The National League for Democracy (NLD) yesterday initiated its Central Committee (CC) selection process at party headquarters in Rangoon.

While the Central Executive Committee (CEC) began selection work on Monday, the process could not be completed and the new CC list will likely not be announced till the coming Monday, according to the NLD.

"We received additional nominees and we have to recheck existing nominees as there are some objections and confirmation is needed at the grassroots level. So we will again do a selection process on Thursday," CEC member Win Tin told Mizzima.

Thus far the CEC has deleted, added and modified information of persons nominated for CC positions in lists sent by State and Division party branches.

Though the party has fixed the maximum number of CEC members at 20 and CC members at between 100 and 120, CC nominations are already said to exceed 100 in number.

Last month the CEC instructed its organizational committees at Division, State and Township levels to limit CC nominations to five to seven individuals, with the resulting lists arriving at CEC headquarters on the 16th and 17th of February.

The selection process is being conducted in accordance to five criteria: party loyalty, determination to remain active, adherence to party policies, past track record within the party and professional qualification.

The CC comprised 80 members in 1990 at the time of the last general election, but implementation of party functions became extremely strained with the arrest of most CC members by authorities in 1997. 


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