NLD to Reshuffle Executive Committee

By The Irrawaddy 7 June 2016

RANGOON — Burma’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), will hold internal elections starting next week to replace some of its executive committee members who are no longer involved in the party’s activities.

A directive released by the NLD on Tuesday said there are some executive committee members at varying levels who have been expelled or have resigned from the party.

“The NLD has to fill those slots for the sake of the party’s unity and strength,” said the letter signed by Nyan Win, a member of the party’s secretary board, which is comprised of senior party leaders, adding that “any executive committee members who are now in the Union and regional Parliaments” will not be replaced.

When asked for the exact numbers of seats to be filled, Nyan Win said he did not know, but estimated there were “probably over one hundred.”

The directive also said the internal elections for state- and divisional-level executive committee members will be held first, followed by district- and township-level votes across the country. The process is slated to start June 15 and conclude by Aug. 14.