Union Solidarity Development Association/ Party


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Election Stance
Transformed into a Political Party called
Union Solidarity Development Party

(29 March 2010)

Running
Registered: 29 April 2010, 2 June 2010
Approved: 8 June 2010 (#32)

Campaigning for Elections since 2009

Facts
Founded: September 15, 1993
Founders: SPDC
Leader: Prime Minister Thein Sein
Patron: Sr Gen. Than Shwe
Membership: USDA 24.6 million members countrywide; USDP has 16-18 million members
Website: http://www.usda.org.mm/
Sources of Funding: Government
Affiliation: Government
Constituency: Country-wide

Headquarters:
Land Plot No (5) at the corner of Yazathingaha Road and “C” Road in Nay Pyi Taw Dekkhinathiri Township

Latest News
20 Aug 2010 USDP opens offices nationwide
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Background
The USDA is a government civil society group which was transformed into a political party on 29 March 2010 to contest in the elections. It is currently led by recently resigned military officers including Prime Minister Thein Sein. Officials of the organization have been planning since August 2008 to form proxy parties with respected local people, businessmen and former military officers. The USDA is widely expected by the public to win in the elections and play a big role in Burma's new democracy as the government's proxy party.

The Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) was originally founded by the regime as a civil society organisation two weeks after the announcement to hold a national convention to write a new constitution in 1993. It is speculated to have been created to disseminate support for the new law when it was finally announced. The USDA is registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, and was not to be a political party. Its explicitly mandated role is to support the activities and policies of the military.

The USDA is part of the junta's "people's war strategy" to create 'the people's militia' to protect the transition process from internal and external threats. The 2008 constitution lays out the role of the 'people's military' under the leadership of the defense forces in Section 340 of the chapter called “Defense Services”. The Chairman of the SLORC is the association's patron and it receives both direct and indirect support from the government at various levels. it is best known for its anti-democratic rallies and activities; notably when it attacked Aung San Suu Kyi's convoy in Depayin in May 2003.

However the USDA is also known to engage in businesses to provide funds for its activities. High ranking SPDC members are also patrons, secretaries and members of the USDA’s Central Executive Committee. The USDA is established at the village tract, ward, township, district, and division levels. The Association also has significant community development and educational components to attract membership. It tends to concentrate on youth, and is reported to have over five million members or some 12 percent of the population.

USDA Party Central Executive Committee
Chairman Aung Thaung (Industry (1) minister)
Secretary General Htay Oo (Agriculture and Irrigation minister)
Member
Rangoon mayor Brigadier General Aung Thein Lin

Statements
8 Sep 2010: USDP (Shan State) Secretary U Sai Naw Kham said that the party will contest in every constituency except those located in the special self-autonomy regions in Northern Shan state. 52 USDP candidates will contest in Northern Shan State. There are 38 Township in Northern Shan state and USDP will contest in 32 of them. All the candidates contesting in Northern Shan State are local people.

USDA campaigns
19 December 2009 - 20 USDA members attacked the Union of Myanmar National Political League during an election campaign talk show in Ahlat Chaung village, across Kyimyindine Township

September 2007 - members of the USDA blocked roads, harassed and arrested civilians, who were marching on the streets

May 2003 - reportedly deployed by the junta to attack the motorcade of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was on a political tour, near Debayin town of Upper Burma

Campaign Activities

According to sources at a party meeting from 13-16 August, Candidates would be allotted 10,000,000 kyat (US $10,150), the maximum amount election laws allow candidates to spend on their campaigns. Yuzana Company owner U Htay Myint said at the meeting that he will run as a candidate for a constituency in Tenasserim division and spend more more than 100 million kyat ($101,500) on his campaign.

In 2009, USDA members in Rangoon carried out work in laying concrete, establishing funeral service associations, eye testing, medical clinics, tuition, extending loans and digging drainage – all at no additional charge.



Activities
Date Activity Details of the event
2010.10.28 Campaign USDP clinics - Myodaw clinic and Phyo clinic - will continue to provide free treatment to patients after elections said a USDP candidate Dr.Nay Lin who is in charge of the clinics. USDP has opened about 33 clinics including Myodaw clinic and Phyo clinic in Yangon Division

2010.10.27

Campaign

The former Northern Regional Commander of the Burmese military and the People’s Parliament Candidate for the junta’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Ohn Myint, is offering free, temporary identity cards to voters while campaigning in Kachin State, Northern Burma. Residents claim he is also giving money to local people as he campaigns.

2010.10.26

Candidate

USDP Yangon campaign office U Tin Maung Win said that Phado Aung San will contest in Kayin State as a USDP candidate.

2010.10.21 Campaign
USDP candidates - retired General Win Naung (People Assembly), U Soe Win ( Poeple Assembly), U Myo Thein (Regional Assembly Constituency No.1), U Nyi Lin Phyo (Regional Assembly Constituency No.2) and other 60 USDP members launched campaigns in Kyauttada Township and met with local electorates

2010.10.19

Candidate

Burma’s foreign minister Nyan Win is set to win in his constituency in the Pegu division by default after two other candidates withdrew.

2010.10.18

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) unveiled more than 450 temporary billboards in townships in Yangon Region last week, according to a senior party official. USDP Pyithu Hluttaw candidate and Yangon Mayor U Aung Thein Linn said the party put up at least 10 billboards in each of Yangon’s 45 townships. Some of the posters feature photos and profiles of the party’s candidates in that particular township, while others include party slogans and photos of USDP activities.

2010.10.15 Intimidation
Local residents said the NDPD was forced to stop campaigning in Dunyaung Paungkyu Village in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine state due to USDP intimidation. Thar Thar Aung, the chairman of the District Election Commission that covers Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships, allegedly summoned party leaders from the USDP and NDPD to his office.

2010.10.14

Threat

Signboards belonging to Burma’s main junta-backed political party USDP were vandalised with red paint in Pegu Division, forcing party members to scrape them clean, witnesses said.

2010.10.13

Campaign

Local sources say USDP members buying votes by going door to door in townships in Rangoon, Irrawaddy Division and Arakan State, asking people for advanced votes with offers of money and other opportunities in return.

2010.10.13

Meeting

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) discussed five options for securing advance votes from government staff, soldiers and junta-backed civic organizations to ensure their victory in the upcoming elections, according to a USDP township official.

2010.10.13

Threat

The junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is concerned about electioneering in northern Shan State following the murder of one of its local members two weeks ago.

2010.10.12

Campaign

Aung Zaw Win, a USDP candidate, joined other party members and supporters on a visit to Nyaung Chaung (Khadibil) village, where a young student urged him not to make false promises during his election campaign and said that most people would not support his party

2010.10.12

Campaign

Candidates of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Burma put up two billboards in Maungdaw

2010.10.11

Campaign

Myanmar Actor Lwin Moe, who is planning to go to Naypyidaw for business purpose, followed a USDP candidate and chairman of ZayKabar company U Khin Maung Shwe's election campaigns. Lwin Moe said, " I come along with U Khin Shwe becasue we are business partners and because I want to learn about the election campaign..."

2010.10.11

Campaign

USDP candidate, U Thein Zaw, campaigned at the Kachin Roman Catholic Church in Gat Shang Yang Village, 18 miles south of Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State. Church sources said he made a donation 3 million kyat (est. US$3,109) to the church.

2010.10.09-10

Campaign

USDP candidate Dr. Tin Htun Oo campaigned in Pazuntaung Township

2010.10.08

Campaign

Secretary-General of the Union Solidarity and Development Party U Htay Oo presented party’s policy, stance and work programmes on radio and TV

2010.10.08

Campaign

USDP candidates U Soe Win, U Myo Thein, U Nyi Lin Phyo and 60 members of USDP campaign for election and met with local electorates in Kyauttadar Township.

2010.10.05

Campaign

At least 20 people in Central Burma have reportedly completely lost their eyesight after undergoing eye operations provided by the junta proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

2010.10.04

Campaign

USDP nationalities assembly candidate Dr. Khin Shwe and candidate for the People's Assembly U Soe Tint held public speeches in Kaw Mu Township in Yangon division. In the election campaign speeches, together with USDP candidates, Academy actor U Moe Dee also encouraged audiences to make correct decisions while voting for their candidate in election.

2010.10.01

Pressure

Local residents in Shan State North’s Muse Township, opposite China’s Yunnan province, are saying that they are under pressure and are being threatened by local authorities to vote for the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)

2010.09.30

Campaign

USDP Yangon division election campaign officer U Tin Maung Win said that the party will set up ten election campaign billboards per township in Yangon division from third week of October.

2010.09.30

Campaign

In conducting its campaign activities the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), is paving roads and digging wells using state funds and property—according to a recent briefing to local media by the Rangoon mayor.

2010.09.30

Campaign

Burmese junta crony businessman and USDP candidate Htay Myint has reached a price-cutting deal with local electricity suppliers for his constituents in Myeik District, Tenasserim Division, as a part of his electoral campaign.

2010.09.29

Statement

A Yangon division USDP representative denies that the USDP is not collecting advance-votes. He said, "USDP will try to get public support as other parties do, but it is not true that the party is collecting advance-votes to a certain percentage...”

2010.09.27

Campaign

USDP Launch Campaign in Kyaut Tagar township in Pegu Division and explained the party's constitution

2010.09.24

Campaign

The Burmese government’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has been discretely collecting new member signatures from residents of Mudon and Thanphyuzayart Townships, Mon State, since last week.

2010.09.22

Campaign

Former army generals, who are candidates in this year's election for the Union of Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), have distributed mobile telephones valued at 1.5 million kyat (US $1,570) in order to attract voters in Naypyidaw

2010.09.21

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is said to have recently been distributing about 100,000 copies of its weekly party newsletter free of charge to the general public

2010.09.19 Campaign USDP, PDP and NUP conduct election campaigns (public speech) in Mingalardon Township, Yangon Division for the first time. 250 people from ShweNanThar Village joined the USDP’s campaign in the morning while 250 people from Thangankyaung villages group attended in the evening. The PDP conducted an election campaign in Htount Kyant.

2010.09.18

Campaign

The chairmen of the ward administration, Yayaka, in the Arakan State capital Sittwe, have been canvassing for votes along with candidates of the Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) in their respective wards in Sittwe

2010.09.15

Candidate

Four prominent construction-industry tycoons have been told to contest in national elections on November 7 as candidates for the main Burmese junta-backed party. They are Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association chairman Dr. Khin Shwe (Zaykabar (Zaygabar)), Yan Win (A1), Htay Myint (Yuzana) and Tin San (ACE Company).

2010.09.14

Candidate

The Burmese military junta's third-and-fourth ranking officials, Shwe Mann and Tin Aung Myint Oo, have been approved by the election commission as candidates for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). They will run in Zeyar Thiri and Pubba Thiri townships in Naypyidaw as candidates for seats in the People's Parliament

2010.09.14

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has launched a social program in Rangoon to help bereaved families and HIV/AIDS sufferers, in what is being interpreted as a pre-election move to win popular support. Rangoon's South Dagon Township the USDP was offering to take over funeral arrangements and was paying each bereaved family 30,000 kyat (US $30) and has also opened a shelter for HIV/AIDS sufferers in Rangoon's Tharketa Township in August.

2010.09.13-15

Meeting

147 USDP candidates contesting in the 2010 election attended a 3 day meeting at the party's headquarters in Naypyidaw.

2010.09.10

Campaign

During the pre-election period, USDP has provided more than 800 million kyat worth of low-interest loans to farmers in Yangon Division.

2010.09.09

Candidate

Three big businessmen - Zaykabar U Khin Shwe, UMFCCI chairman U Win Myint and Yuzana U Htay Myint will represent USDP and contest in election. UMFCCI chairman U Win Myint will contest in Kantbalu Township in Sagaing Divisioni, Yuzana U htay Myint will contest in Myate township in Tanintharyi Division and Zaykabar Chairman U Khin Shwe will contest in constituency (No.9) in Yangon Divison

2010.09.08

Candidate

Chairman of Sitthwe Press scrutiny and registration committee U Kaung San Shee will contest for People Assembly in Sitthwe Township. He is a USDP candidate.

2010.09.06

Candidate

At least 10 businessmen close to Burma's military regime will be candidates for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in the Nov. 7 election

2010.09.02

Candidate

Famous Tea Shop owner U Myo Thein will represent USDP and contest for People Assembly in Kyauttadar Township in the upcoming election. He was a Township officer of the USDA from 1993 until before the USDA transform itself into USDP.

2010.09.02

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has ordered its members and government employees, who have been transferred, to cast votes in advance from August 21 in Falam constituency, Chin state western Burma.

2010.08.31

Campaign

Thein Sein, prime minister and head of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), recently sent a directive speech to ministries, universities and colleges, and army battalions, asking them to vote for the USDP in the Nov. 7 election.

2010.08.30

Campaign

Former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Brig-Gen. Phone Swe met senior members of USDP, its nominated candidates for the forthcoming elections, Arakanese Rohingya religious leaders, leaders and elders along with Arakanese Rakhine leaders in Maungdaw. directed the USDP members to campaign for the election and asked local residents of Maungdaw to support the USDP promising to develop the area, more free movement and permission for building and repairing of religious places

2010.08.27

Campaign

Senior officials of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) stepped up campaigning in Pegu Division over the past week by making donations and providing health services and other benefits to the public. Col. Myint Htun, the director-general of the Myanmar Fire Brigade who is a candidate for the Thayawaddy Township seat, donated 300,000 kyat (US $306) to each village school. Ex-Brig-Gen Win Myint, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Electric Power No. 2 who is a candidate in Latpantan Township, has reportedly visited Latpantan twice a week, and also visited nearby villages where he installed new electricity transformers, set up concrete lamp posts, replaced outdated electrical cables and donated 10 million kyat (US 10,204) to help provide education to poor children in the town. Foreign Minister Nyan Win reportedly visited his native Zeekone Township, where he is a candidate and provided three-days of free eye examinations and distribution of eyeglasses.

2010.08.26

Registration

Five candidates of the Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) in Maungdaw Township in Burma's western Arakan State deposited 500,000 Kyats each with the Township Election Commission as registration fees

2010.08.25

Campaign

From early August, local authorities, health department staff and Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) members have run a vaccination programme for children under five at in the offices of township peace and development councils in Rangoon during which parents were coerced into signing forms to join the USDP.

2010.08.23-24

Campaign

Naw Kham Oo (52) Chairman of Shan State North’s Lashio branch USDP and a former secretary of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) of Kyaukme Township, told residents in E Nai village during his campaign that their lives will be safer if they cast votes for the USDP rather than the SNDP.

2010.08.20

Campaign

USDA replaced its signboard with USDP signboard in Nyaungdone Township and about 100 USDP members participated in the event.

2010.08.20

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) opened all 330 offices nationwide, including the party headquarters in Napyidaw. Thein Sein attended the opening ceremony in Naypidaw, together with other government ministers, who are now the executive members of the USDP.

2010.08.20

Candidates

USDP nominated preliminary candidates to contest in Nwar Hto Gyi Township. USDP candidates contesting in Nwar Hto Gyi Township are: Vice-Minister of Transportation U Nyan Htun Aung (contest for People Assembly), U Zaw Myint (contest for Nationalities Assembly) and a retired army personnel U Kyi Phay and USDP Nwar Hto Gyi Township secretary U Aung Than Swe (contest for Mandalay Regional Assembly)

2010.08.19 Campaign According to USDA members and businessmen in Three Pagodas Pass (TPP) sub-township, Kyainnseikyi Township, Karen State, the organization is using both business opportunity offers and threats as its campaign tools. Friends and family members of pre-existing USDA members are the primary recruitment targets.
2010.08.19

Campaign

According to USDA members and businessmen in Three Pagodas Pass (TPP) sub-township, Kyainnseikyi Township, Karen State, the organization is using both business opportunity offers and threats as its campaign tools. Friends and family members of pre-existing USDA members are the primary recruitment targets.

2010.08.18

Campaign

To aid USDP members to campaign effectively and efficiently, 80 bicycles were sent to the USDP campaign office Nwarhtogyi township.

2010.08.18

Competition

A Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) senior leader said The National Unity Party (NUP) and National Democratic Force (NDF) will be the party’s main rivals in the November elections

2010.08.18

Registration

The Union Solidarity and Development Party submitted its list of members to the UEC

2010.08.16

Meeting

USDP township level party committee held its first township level meeting in Nwarhtogyi Township.

2010.08.15

Campaign

USDP township leaders led by U Maung Myin, General Secretary of the Manaung Township USDP, visited Thik Pon, a village of 1,000 households on Manaung Island in Arakan State to mobilize support for the party. Before arriving villagers hung handwritten posters on several trees opposing the USDP.

2010.08.14

Campaign

The USDP is reportedly giving agricultural loans to farmers in Kungyangone Township, Rangoon Division at the rate of 50,000 Kyat per acre. The loan was apparently conditional upon them signing a statement vowing to join and vote for the party.

2010.08.13-16 Preparation Snr-Gen Than Shwe attended an “election victory campaign” meeting held by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) according to sources in Naypyidaw. The meeting, which is being attended by USDP candidates including ministers, deputy ministers, director generals of government departments and businessmen close to the regime, included assigning constituencies for party candidates and appointing election campaign managers.

2010.08.09

Campaign

USDP organized local people in outskirt areas of Mandalay to sign in party membership registration forms which had been already filled.

2010.08.09

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has used a government primary school building for election campaign among the people in constituency 2 at the behest of Pu Gosianthang, the Chairman of sub-Rihkhawdar, Falam townships.

2010.08.06

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Association has started issuing loans to organisers in townships of the central Burmese divisions of Magway and Mandalay as part of its election campaign.

2010.08

Campaign

The USDP has started campaigning in urban and rural wards in Pegu. Locals say party members are visiting homes to persuade people to vote for USDP candidates, saying that there will be another military coup if they do not.

2010.07.29

Statement

Union Solidarity and Development Party has accused the National League for Democracy (NLD) party of rigging votes in the 1990 general election through “biased” polling booth officials in a directive to USDP branches

2010.07.27

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Dawpon Township of Rangoon Division has been seen trying to recruit party members and win votes through the promise of newly paved roads, according to local people. However, an official with the City Development Committee told Mizzima the roads are to be built by the municipal committee in the name of the USDP.

2010.07.22

Preparations

Burma's pro-government Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is reportedly conducting its own census in an apparent effort to influence the result of the general election.

2010.07.15

Statement

USDA spokesman Myint Oo told the BBC Burmese radio: "The USDA is no more as an association. Only the USDP will exist as a political party”. The USDA starts the process of “abolishing” itself after transferring all its property to its political spin-off USDP

2010.07.01

Statement

Sources say Members of the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) are being favored for selection as members of election sub-commissions in wards and village tracts for the election to be held later this year.

2010.06.30

Campaign

Stallholders who lost their businesses when Rangoon's Mingalar Market was destroyed by fire last month have been invited to apply for loans from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), according to sources.

2010.06.28

Campaign


Sources say Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) members are offering low-income workers and farmers in Rangoon small “loans,” which are seen as support for government-backed political candidates. In Yankin, Kawmu and Kungyangone townships

2010.06.25

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has been campaigning in the country’s western Arakan state and appears to be targeting Muslims for votes. It said Burma’s minority Muslim population will be issued with identification cards and allowed to freely travel the country if they make the right vote in elections

2010.06.24

Campaign

Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) Chaungsone Township organiser Myo Min Hlaing’s team ordered village peace and development council chairmen to assemble 50 people from each village to tell them to vote for the USDP during an election campaign tour.

2010.06.08

Registration


The Union Election Commission granted permission to Union Solidarity and Development Party headquartered at Land Plot No (5) at the corner of Yazathingaha Road and “C” Road in Nay Pyi Taw Dekkhinathiri Township to register as a political party as of 8 June. The registration number of the Union Solidarity and Development Party is (32).

2010.06.02

Statement

During the USDA's annual meeting, the head of the USDA in Kachin State and the chairman of the Kachin Literature and Culture Committee Duwa Mading Zung Ting said, “KSPP and KIO are the same and they take the same stance of opposing the junta."

2010.06.01

Registration

Union Solidarity and Development Party submitted its application to registration as a political party to the Union Election Commission

2010.05.26

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is canvassing for votes and passing out “incentives” in townships and villages in Northern Shan State. Local sources say they choose organizers in each village and ask them to tell people to vote for the USDP

2010.05.04

Registration

Union Solidarity and Development Party allowed to form as a political party by the Election Commission

2010.04.29

Structural


The official newspaper New Light of Myanmar confirmed Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation and USDA Secretary General Major-General Htay Oo has quit his military post, while retaining his government post with his civilian name U Htay Oo

2010.04.29

Structural

Burmese state television reported the Union Solidarity and Development Party applied with the Election Commission. It said party leader Thein Sein applied with 26 other members, but gave no further details.

2010.04.29

Registration

Union Solidarity and Development Party submitted its applications to form as a political party.

2010.03.29

Structural

The USDA has been converted into USDA party and all government staff and students and youths under 25 years of age have been expelled from the organization. The rest are being issued party membership cards

2010.03.27

Campaign

Campaigns set to begin

2010.03.19

Campaign

News reports say that the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) in Mon State has stepped up its election campaign in Ye township. Other sources say the USDA has been campaigning in other parts of Mon State, including Paung, Kyaimayaw, Mudon and Thanbyu Zayat Townships

2010.03.05

Campaign

The USDA’s free camp was temporarily based in the associations’ office in Moemauk, Bhamo District to organize a two-day free eye treatment camp in Kachin State with the aim to win over support and votes of local residents in the upcoming elections this year

2010.03.04

International

A goodwill delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, was invited by Htay Oo, secretary general of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) of Myanmar. He also met with Prime Minister Thein Sein and Myanmar Foreign Minister U Nyan Win separately.

2010.03.01

International

USDA General Secretary Htay Oo, who is also minister of Agriculture and Irrigation met with Larry Dinger, the chargé d’affaires of the United States Mission in Rangoon. On the same day, he met with British Ambassador Andrew Heyn. Both Western diplomats were expected to raise domestic political issues, including tensions with various ethnic groups, said observers.

2010.02.16

Campaign

Rangoon mayor Brig-Gen Aung Thein Lin told local media that the USDA will be spending more than 12 billion kyat (US $12 million) on activities to support the public, including paving roads, pipe-laying for waterworks, and opening free health care clinics and free funeral service agencies. Insein Government Technical Institute is now being rebuilt as a USDA-financed public hospital. Insein Government Technical Institute is now being rebuilt as a USDA-financed public hospital. The USDA are also providing free tuition to high school students

2010.01.05

Campaign

Rangoon Mayor and Chief of the Rangoon USDA Brig-Gen. Aung Thein Lin announces plans to build 500 low-cost houses free of charge as part of their election campaign in 10 Rangoon townships: South Dagon satellite town, South Okkalapa, North Okkalapa, Thingagyun, Shwepyitha, Hlaingtharya, Dawpon, Thaketa, Mayangon and Kyimyindine.

2010.01

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) delegation led by Khin Maung Latt, elder brother of Burma’s Postal and Telecommunication Minister Brig. Gen. Thein Zaw, who is a candidate in the elections in Kachin State, where a majority are Christians, is organizing Muslims at mosques in Myitkyina for the forthcoming 2010 general elections.

2009.12.21

Campaign

The Minister for Industry and member of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), U Aung Thaung met with local Shan community elders and members of social organizations in a bid to win support for the 2010 elections

2009.11.27

Statement

At the USDA’s Annual General Meeting, Senior General Than Shwe expressed his appreciation of the USDA, but urged it to continue to safeguard non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity and perpetuation of sovereignty of the country. He also said that a free and fair election would be held in 2010 in accordance with the publicly approved constitution.

2009.11.20

Campaign

The USDA’s election campaign kicked off with a tour through Kaw Palaing, Kaw Soi, Kaw Sak, Tarana and Dhamasa Mon villages in Kyaikmaraw, Mon State and Kawkareik Township in the Karen State; promising development, health care and education and urging people to support and vote for the USDA in the upcoming elections. The USDA campaign group is led by Minn Lun Aung, USDA secretary of Kyaikmaraw (Kyaikmayaw) Township, followed by U Aung Myo, the former township educational department in charge and U Sein Hlaing.

2009.11

Campaign

Members of the Mon State’s Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) arrived in Mudon Township to hold a meeting with 20 key area USDA members, Mon youths, and members of the Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) who were ordered to recruit more than 200 residents in each village.

2009.11

Campaign

Two candidates have been nominated by the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) to stand for elections in Tonzang and Chikha constituencies in northern Chin state for the forthcoming 2010 general elections. U Zam Khen Thang, a middle school teacher will be the candidate for the Eastern Tonzang Township and U Than Za Tuan, former Deputy Director of Education, will be the candidate for Western Chikha Township.

2009.08.26

International

A delegation from the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), headed by U Than Htay, a member of the USDA Central Executive Committee and Deputy Energy Minister met Zhou Tienong, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to promote social exchanges and boost bilateral ties

2009.08.20-?

International

A Burmese delegation led by the Secretary of the pro-junta civil organisation – the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) – and Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Htay Oo paid a good will visit to Japan on invitation from the Foreign Minister Nakasone. He met meet Japanese opposition Members of Parliament from the DPJ, the Japanese Foreign Minister and Deputy Agriculture Minister.

2009.06

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), a mass organization backed by the Burmese military junta, has expanded its micro credit projects across the country ahead of the 2010 elections.

2009.04.22

Campaign

The Burmese military junta-backed civilian organization, the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) in Chin state, has completed its list of members, who will contest in the ensuing general elections in 2010

2009.03.04

Campaign

The Union Solidarity and Development Association is reportedly planning to start publishing a daily newspaper in the run-up to the 2010 Burmese elections




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