NLD still undecided on election

The National League for Democracy will only announce if it will fight in the general election after the Union Election Commission announces the election date, Win Htein, a Lower House NLD MP, told a Yangon press conference. 

UEC, Carter Centre signs MoU to observe electoral process

The Union Election Commission (UEC) and Carter Centre which is headed by former US president Jimmy Carter has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on May 26 to observe the 2015 general election.

There will be two parts in the observation process: short and long term periods.

MPs slam tightened rules over coverage of parliamentary session

Some parliamentarians have criticised the stricter measures imposed on the media covering the parliamentary meetings.

Before, journalists had an easy access to the Interpreter Booth and were able to witness the parliamentary session and take footages and photos of it. But starting from May 26, reporters have been banned from covering the parliamentary sessions inside the booth.

Instead, a television set has been provided outside the booth to view the meeting.

No USDP landslide possible, says MP

Upper House MP Hla Swe told the media that the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party’s (USDP) central committee was likely to choose its presidential candidate on May 29 or May 30, adding that the party would not win a landslide victory like in the 2010 election.  

“Unlike in the 2010 election, I don’t think our party will win a landslide victory. But fierce rivalry is exciting. It is not good that one single party always wins,” said Hla Swe, a member of the central committee.  

NCCT meeting kicks off in Thailand

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) has begun its meeting in Thailand on May 25. The meeting will last for three days and will determine what issues will be discussed at upcoming summit at Lawkhila, located in KNU-controlled territory, said NCCT vice chairperson Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win.

Don’t steal our hope, warns PNLO chairman

The country will suffer if workers and farmers feel their plight is hopeless, according to Khun Myint Tun, chairman of the Pa-Oh National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).

He said that ethnic armed groups had tried peaceful processes of democracy, equal rights and autonomy but had chosen armed conflict because they had been suppressed by force.

Corrupt NLD members to be dismissed: Suu Kyi

Anyone found guilty of harming the interests of the state in the National League for Democracy (NLD) would be dismissed, Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the NLD, said.

She told a public meeting in Putao in Kachin State: “Some people became members after the 2012 by-elections. I don’t mean to insult anyone but some are opportunists. Therefore, the party will remove fair-weather friends who are opportunists.

Don’t expect U-turn: president

Transparency and accountability were necessary to develop a good administration and no one should expect a U-turn, President Thein Sein told a workshop on administrative reforms held in Nay Pyi Taw on May 23.

“Transparency and accountability are the main components in the emergence of a good administrative machinery. It is also necessary to build increased capacity for civil servants working in all sectors of the country,” Thein Sein said.

NLD and 88 Generation to mark 1990 anniversary

The National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society will issue a joint political declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1990 general election on May 27.

This decision came after a meeting between the NLD central executive committee led by Tin Oo and 88 Generation’s Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, at the NLD headquarters.

Suu Kyi calls for peaceful change

National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said she wanted to amend the Constitution within the boundary of the law and choose a method that would not harm the public.

At a public rally held in Putao, Kachin State, a resident questioned Suu Kyi about the process to amend the Constitution, including Section 59(F), which prevents her from presidency.