USDP brushes off Speaker controversy

General Secretary Maung Maung Thein of the Union Solidarity and Development Party says the partywill not be affected by the controversy regarding the attempt to remove Speaker Thura Shwe Mann since the organisation was established by the military.

USDP to run for 149 seats

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has released its list of candidates for the November 8 election.

Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Hla Htay Win will run for the Upper House Yangon Region constituency No.9, while the naval chief, Admiral Thura Thet Swe, will compete in the Lower House Cocokyun constituency.

USDP saves seat for Thein Sein

The Union Solidarity and Development Party has left a seat in Zabuthiri constituency for President Thein Sein, said U Maung Maung Thein, the USDP’s general secretary.

“Whether the president runs for the 2015 election will depend on him. No candidate has a reserved seat. The president needs to decide.”

The USDP is yet to choose its presidential candidate.

Suu Kyi registers as candidate

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, has submitted her candidate application form at the election sub-commission office in the south Yangon district in Thanlyin Township.

She will run in Kawhmu Township, South Yangon District. She went to the district court to fill in the candidate application form and then visited the district-level election sub-commission office to register her application.

Thura Shwe Mann discusses elections in BBC interview

Lower House speaker Thura Shwe Mann sat down for an interview with the BBC on July 28.

Parliamentary committee identifies obstacles to federal democratic system

The Parliamentary Committee for International and Inter-parliamentary Affairs submitted a report to the Upper House of parliament on July 24 that lists a plethora of challenges hindering the implementation and flourishing of the federal democracy system in Myanmar.

UNA leader urges members to put resolutions into practice

Aye Thar Aung, chairman of the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), urged the group's members to cooperate to put the conclusions of their political talks into practice. He spoke on July 27 during the third meeting of the UNA and its allies in Yangon.  

NLD to nominate youth, women, minority candidates

The National League for Democracy (NLD) will choose well-informed ethnic minority candidates so that the [federal] Union can be established, Aung San Suu Kyi said at a campaign rally in Mawlamyinegyun, Ayeyawady Region, on July 26.

SNDP accused of trying to buy support in Shadaw Tsp

The Kayah National Race Democracy Party (KNRDP) has decided to campaign for the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) in the upcoming election. In return, the SNDP has promised to provide campaign funding to the Kayah party, according to Sai Ohn Myint, a KNRDP official in Shadaw Township.

A Lower House MP from the SNDP proposed the offer to Sai Ohn Myint for the race in Shadaw Township, where there are over 3,800 eligible voters.

Leaders of Kayah ethnic political parties reported challenging financial difficulties a few days ago.

NLD open to new talent: Suu Kyi

The opposition National League for Democracy will choose outstanding candidates who are capable of serving the interests of the nation to run in the general election, Aung San Suu Kyi, party chairperson, told residents of Kyaiklat, Ayeyawady Region.

“The qualification I look for is the ability to serve the interests of the nation. The interests of the NLD are not the first priority. To do this we must all be united,” Suu Kyi said.