Weekly Political Events Regarding the SPDC's Election (023-2010) Eng

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Weekly Political Events Regarding the SPDC's Election (023-2010) Eng
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  NDD-Documentation and Research Department July - 2010 Weekly Political Events pages - 1 -   NNNeeetttwwwooorrrkkkf f f ooorrr DDDeeemmmooocccrrraaacccyyyaaannnddd DDDeeevvveeelllooopppmmmeeennnttt  DDDooocccuuummmeeennntttaaatttiiiooonnnaaannndddRRReeessseeeaaarrrccchhhDDDeeepppaaarrrtttmmmeeennnttt  P.O Box 179, Mae Sod, Tak, 63110, Thailand. Phone: +66 85-733 4303.E-mail: ndddrd07@csloxinfo.com; ndddrd07@gmail.com WWWeeeeeekkklllyyyPPPooollliiitttiiicccaaalll EEEvvveeennntttsssRRReeegggaaar r r dddiiinnnggg ttthhheeeSSSPPPDDDCCC'''sss EEEllleeeccctttiiiooonnn (((000222333 / / /222000111000)))   June 27 – July 03, 2010 STATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SPDC) AND ITS STOOGE ORGANIZATIONS -A government employee from Ye Township in Mon State, who participated in making a list of eligiblevoters, stated that in many townships, authorities were instructed to include at least one person fromgovernment departments and the military regime’s stooge organizations such as Union Solidarity andDevelopment Association, in the voting list for the upcoming elections. As well as from the regime’spatronized organizations such as Myanmar Women's Affairs Federation, The Myanmar Maternal andChild Welfare Association, Militia, Swanahshin (People’s Power Organization), Red Cross, FireDepartment, Reserved Fire Department, and members of village and township Peace and DevelopmentCouncils. (NEJ 280610) -A local resident who attended a ballot poll observation training stated that in preparation for theelections, State Election Commission held Ballot Poll Observation/Management trainings in Chin State,from 13 to 15 June. (Khonumthung 280610) -According to sources from Ward Peace and Development Council offices in Rangoon, when choosingmembers for village/ward election commission, members of USDA, Women’s Affair Committee andAssociation for Protecting Mothers and Children were prioritized for the members list. (Irrawaddy290610) -Ministry of Immigration and Population released a statement announcing that according to thenationwide census, the population of Burma is 59,129,900 and there are over 30 million eligible voters. (NEJ 300610) -According to a resident, in many villages in Kalay Township in Sagaing Division, members of USDA havebeen collecting money for the elections and have began the service for local people to get national IDs. (Irrawaddy 010710) Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Softwarehttp://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only.  NDD-Documentation and Research Department July - 2010 Weekly Political Events pages - 2 -   -Speaking on condition of anonymity, a chairperson of village Peace and Development Commissionstated that U Hla Shwe, the Secretary of the Election Commission, Maungdaw Township, Arakan Statehas been selling rubber stamps for village election commission chairpersons with 5000 kyat each. (Narinjara 010710) -U Nay Myo Wai, the General Secretary of the Difference and Peace Party (PDP) stated that startingfrom the end of June, the Election Commission has enquired again about the personal data of thecentral committee members of the political parties, which had registered at the Election Commission. (Mizzima 020710)   OPPOSITION FORCES A. FORCES INSIDE BURMA -U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), stated that NLD wouldofficially submit an objection regarding the submitted party logo of National Democratic Force (NDF)since they were using the bamboo hat symbol, which NLD used in the 1990 elections, in their party logo.(DVB 300610)-During the Sagaing Division and Kachin State tour, U Han Tha Myint and, member of NLD CentralExecutive Committee, and Monywa Aung Shin, member of NLD Organizing Committee, Sagaing Division,visited Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State and explained to NLD members about the current position andfuture activities of NLD. (DVB 010710)-U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of NLD, U Win Tin, member of Central Executive Committee of NLD, andsome youth members of NLD visited the families of Ko Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, leaders of 88Generation Student Group, on 29 June and gave support and encourgament to the family members.-9 members of Committee Representing People’s Parliament (CRPP) met with U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of NLD, at his residence on 2 July, regarding how to inform democratic forces and peopleduring the military regime’s elections. (RFA 020710)-U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of NLD, stated that NLD leaders such as U Win Tin, Dr. May Win Myint,Daw Lae Lae, Ma Phyu Phyu Thin and himself, and youth wing leaders of NLD visited families of politicalprisoners such as the comedian Ko Zargana, Ko Pyone Cho, a leading member of 88 Generation StudentGroup, on 2 July showing solidarity and providing some items for prison visits. (RFA 020710) B. FORCES OUTSIDE BURMA -On 26 and 27 June in Tokyo, Japan, Women League of Burma (WLB) and Human Rights Now based inJapan initiated an event and urged the United Nations to establish a Commission of Inquiry toinvestigate the violence and crimes against women in Burma during the reign of the Burmese MilitaryRegime. (RFA 270610) Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Softwarehttp://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only.  NDD-Documentation and Research Department July - 2010 Weekly Political Events pages - 3 -   -The exile National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) released a statement on 26 June condemningthe Burmese military regime’s position of not allowing a European Union delegation led by PieroFassino, the EU Special Rapporteur on Burma, to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracyleader under house arrest. (RFA 270610)-Kachin organizations such as Kachin National Organization (KNO), Duwah Maran Zaw Aung, NLD electedMember of Parliament from Waingmaw constituency in Kachin State, All Kachin Students and YouthUnion (AKSYU), condemned U Zakhung Ting Ying since he sent a message to Kachin IndependenceOrganization (KIO) urging it to transform as a border guard force. (KNG 280610) CEASE-FIRE GROUPS   ORGANIZATIONS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN TRANSFORMED AS BORDER GUARD FORCE  -A Kachin leader from Myitkyina stated that the military regime has offered U Zakhung Ting Ying, formerleader of NDA-K who had agreed to follow the regime’s border guard force plan, to establish a Kachinpolitical party. (NEJ 280610)   PARTIES THAT WERE PERMITTED TO STAND AS POLITICAL PARTIES -A Shan ethnic leader stated, at the office opening and party signboard mounting ceremony of ShanNational Democratic Party (SNDP) held at Ohdan Ward, Moekaung Township in Kachin State on 28 June,that there should be a Kachin political party to contest in the elections, which represents the Kachinpeople. (NMG 280610) -U Saw Aye Ko, the Deputy Chairperson of Karen People’s Party, and U Thu Wai, the Chairperson of theDemocratic Party (Myanmar), stated that they had to find and approach candidates to contest theelections, as it is very hard to organize and convince people who have been out of touch with politics forabout 20 years. (Mizzima 290610) -According to local people, Pa-O National Organization (PNO) has started campaigning in Pa-O regions insouthern Shan State such as Taungyi, Hopong, Hsi Hseng, Pinlaung, Loilem and some other townships for2010 elections. (Taunggyi Times 300610)  -A member of Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP) stated that SNDP, in order to reach the 1000 partymember requirement, continues to organize and recruit in townships in southern and eastern parts of Shan State. (S.H.A.N 300610) -A Pa-O youth in Tachilek stated that when Pa-O National Organization (PNO) started campaigning, fromthe middle of June in Sai Khao, Hsi Hseng Township in southern Shan State, Maj. Zaw Wan (or Zaw One)and U Aung Khin, the organizers of PNO, they just urged local people to support PNO but as local peopledid not have any say they were disappointed. (S.H.A.N 010710) Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Softwarehttp://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only.  NDD-Documentation and Research Department July - 2010 Weekly Political Events pages - 4 -   -U Nay Myo Wai, the Secretary of Difference and Peace Party, stated that DPP requested to authoritiesto loosen the restrictions, as the Censorship and Registration Department under the military regime’sMinistry of Information had increased censorship of the news regarding political parties’ campaigns. (DVB 010710) -U Nay Myo Wai, the Secretary of Difference and Peace Party, stated that DPP would reconsidercontesting the elections due to the Censorship and Registration Department under the military regime’sMinistry of Information strict censorship of news about political parties’ campaigns in weekly journals. (Irrawaddy 020710) PARTIES THAT HAVE REGISTERED TO STAND AS POLITICAL PARTIES - U Aung Thaung, U Thein Zaw, andU Htin Nan, members of the Union Solidarity and DevelopmentAssociation (Myitkyina) initiated the establishment of Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State, andwill submit an application for registeration with the Election Commission this week. (DVB 290610)-According to sources close to Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State, some leading members of theparty would arrive to Naypyitaw on 1 July in order to register at the Union Election Commission. (KNG010710) INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES  GOVERNMENTS  -U Nyan Win, the spokesperson of NLD, stated that Michelle Chan, the Australian ambassador to Burma,and the director of Southeast Asian Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with someNLD Executive Committee Members on 28 June and they inquired about the NLD’s current position,objectives for the future, their position on sanctions on the military regime, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’sposition. (DVB 280610) -U Nyo Ohn Myint, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Committee of National League for Democracy(Liberated Area), stated that at the inauguration on 30 June, of Benigno Aquino, the 15th President of the Phillpines, assured he would organize ASEAN member states to promote democratic change inBurma. (DVB 300610) -U Thu Wai, the Chairperson of the Democratic Party (Myanmar), stated that Hugh Barrowman, Chief of Southeast Asian Affairs Department of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while meeting withfour political parties, on 30 June , who will contest the elections, urged and recommended the militaryregime to hold free and fair elections. (RFA 300610)   End of report/ Saturday, July 03, 2010    Distributed by Network for Democracy and Development; Documentation and Research Department (NDD) Generated by Foxit PDF Creator © Foxit Softwarehttp://www.foxitsoftware.com For evaluation only.
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