- South Okkalapa Township, Rangoon
- #95 | July 9, 2015
- Contested Seats
- 60 Upper, 134 Lower, 160 Regional
The National Development Party was founded earlier this year by Nay Zin Latt, a former presidential adviser turned patron of a party that has, since word of its formation, prompted speculation, accusations and denials all the way up to the highest reaches of power in Naypyidaw. Shortly after word spread that Nay Zin Latt had agreed to serve as the party’s patron in April of this year, he resigned from his post as presidential adviser as rumors swirled on social media that the party had links to the military or even President Thein Sein himself. Days later, the President’s Office issued a statement distancing Thein Sein from his former adviser and stating categorically that there was no connection to be made.
For its part, the party has said it has largely drawn its 2015 candidates from the ranks of alumni of the Center for Strategic Studies, a self-described “research/teaching institution” at which Nay Zin Latt serves as dean. The party filed 354 candidate submissions in total, making it the fourth largest party this election, in terms of races contesting.
* States and divisions in red indicate that the party is fielding candidates at the Union or regional level in that jurisdiction.
Nay Zin Latt
A former adviser to President Thein Sein, Nay Zin Latt resigned from that post earlier this year to found the National Development Party.