Thingangyun Township, Rangoon
#61 | Nov. 6, 2012
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Contested Seats
31 Upper, 88 Lower, 167 Regional
May everyone who eats rice take care of the poor peasantry. May everyone who eats rice repay the poor peasantry with gratitude!

The Myanmar Farmers Development Party claims a membership of about 2 million people and is fielding 286 candidates in the upcoming general election. It plans to contest mainly in the country’s agricultural heartland, the divisions of Irrawaddy, Pegu, Magwe, Sagaing, Mandalay, Rangoon and Tenasserim.

The party says it will help impoverished farmers stand on their own two feet if elected, and will work to spur national development. Envisioning the emergence of a “farmers’ government” following the 2015 poll, the party says it will act to modernize the nation’s agricultural sector through mechanization and other advancements. It will also support the peace-building process with Burma’s ethnic armed groups.

* States and divisions in red indicate that the party is fielding candidates at the Union or regional level in that jurisdiction. In addition to the 164 seats the party is contesting in state and divisional legislatures, it is fielding three candidates for ethnic affairs minister posts to serve in regional governments' cabinets.

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Major Players
  • Kyaw Swar Soe

    Party chairman Kyaw Swar Soe was involved in Burma's 1988 nationwide pro-democracy protests. He has run for a seat in Parliament twice unsuccessfully, in the 2010 general election and again in the 2012 by-election.

  • Khin Than Oo

    Party Vice Chairwoman

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