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NLD to hold first party conference

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The National League for Democracy (NLD) will hold a national conference during the last week of December of this year.

Aung San Suu Kyi holds a press conference at her lakeside home in this file photograph. Photo: MizzimaIt will be the first national conference since the NLD was formed in 1988.
Spokesman Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima the party would be democratically reformed at every level throughout the country. The nationwide central conference will be held after lower-level conferences have been convened, Ohn Kyaing said.
The NLD had planned to convene a central party conference in April 1989, but because of the former military regime’s pressure, the plan was cancelled.
“At that time, the NLD leaders and the party were oppressed,” said Ohn Kyaing.  “The party chairman and the party general-secretary Aung San Suu Kyi were forbidden [to be involved in politics].”
The NLD boycotted the 2010 general elections. Last year, the government amended the political party registration law, allowing the NLD to re-register as a party on November 24, 2011.

A short while later, the NLD reshuffled its leadership, naming Suu Kyi chairperson and Tin Oo an NLD patron.  
Recently, it launched a membership campaign with 650,000 membership applications distributed throughout the country. The applications are now being processed.

Ohn Kyaing said the issue of members resigning from the NLD to form parties to contest in the 2010 general elections, and who now wish to rejoin the NLD will be taken up a the NLD conference.
“In our long-running struggle, some party members violated some parts of our party regulations,” he told Mizzima. “For instance, they did not follow the decision made by the majority. The party conference is the only place that has the power to decide our party’s affairs, so we will put forward the case of those people [who violated party’s regulations] at the conference.”
On Wednesday, the NLD formed a conference organizing commission with nine members, naming Tin Oo chairman and Nyan Win secretary.
On other issues, the NLD complaint about “waxed” ballots in the April 1 by-elections has been “turned down” by the Union Election Commission, the state-run newspaper The New Light of Myanmar said on Wednesday.
“In the light of findings, the investigation teams and some parties suggest that there was no case of waxing the ballots and no legal complaint about it in those townships; it was groundless complaint," the article said.
“The complaint made by the secretary of the NLD central campaign team is invalid. In accord with the law, the UEC has warned the secretary of the party concerned against stating such groundless information, leading to misunderstanding among the people,” said the article.

Regarding the EC’s finding, Ohn Kyaing said, “Our central executive committee has not made a decision about this case. We will discuss the issue with our legal affairs committee.”
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 15:45 )  

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