This week the National League for Democracy scored a landslide election win and reached out to ethnic parties in a spirit of cooperation while the Union Solidarity and Development Party
In an unprecedented move, the NLD has followed its landslide victory with an overture for cooperation with ethnic political parties in the future.
Candidates from merged ethnic Kachin parties believe the Kachin State People’s Party puts them in a stronger position against the NLD and USDP than in previous elections.
A National League for Democracy candidate is worried large numbers of military voters could see his constituency, which has a low voter population, won by a rival party.
More than 30 pro-military parties told the army chief they feared November’s vote would be unfair; he offered them support, but stayed within constitutional limits.
Zahkung Ying Sau, the son of the leader of the NDAK Kachin militia, will seek reelection to his Kachin State parliament seat in a township controlled by the group.
The election commission said there is no law barring electoral campaigns from using images of national hero General Aung San—father of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Military MPs have filed a formal complaint over the Charter Amendment Committee, saying it is no longer representative of Parliament and accusing the NLD of ‘tyranny’.