Loikaw, Karenni State
#65 | Aug. 9, 2013
"Initiate changes to fulfill the wishes of the people"

The Kayah Unity Democracy Party says it has a membership of 25,000 cadres and is contesting more than 20 seats in the upcoming election.

The party says it will prioritize basic societal needs such as adequate provision of education and health care, improvements to transportation and communications infrastructure, the supply of potable water, farmers’ affairs and the rule of law. Its economic policy focus will be on bringing about free market-based small and medium enterprise development. On education, the party says it will work to ensure that education is high-quality, free and vocational in nature. Since its founding in 2013, the party says it has worked to educate local populations about issues tied to land-grabs in the state.

The KUDP is a member of the Nationalities Brotherhood Federation, an alliance of 23 ethnic political parties.

* States and divisions in red indicate that the party is fielding candidates at the Union or regional level in that jurisdiction.

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  • Saw Daniel

    The party chairman is contesting a seat in Loikaw, the capital of Karenni State.

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