The National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma’s main opposition political party led by Aung San Suu Kyi, will decide whether to officially register the party during a meeting of the NLD Central Executive Committee (CEC) next week.
Win Tin, a senior party leader and a member of the CEC, said that they would have an answer on the important issue of party registration next week.
The NLD decided not to register as a political party for the 2010 election because it objected to certain laws and obligations involved, including the requirement that a registered political party “preserve and protect” the 2008 Constitution.
Burma’s political party registration law was changed by Parliament on Thursday to state that “a party shall respect the Constitution.”
“It is better to ‘respect’ than to ‘preserve and protect’ the Constitution,” Win Tin told The Irrawaddy on Friday. “Every citizen shall respect the Constitution, law and order.”
Recently Parliaments passed a proposal to amend three clauses of the Political Parties Registration Law.
The clause titled “Preservation of the Constitution” was replaced by “Respect and Obedience of the Constitution.” Secondly, the clause in Section 10 of the act which prohibits “anyone convicted by a court of law from joining a political party” was removed.
The third amendment—arguably the most significant—scrapped the current law that maintains that, to be recognized, each political party must have contested a minimum of three seats in the previous general election.
The amended bill means that a political party is recognized as long as it has contested at least three constituencies in by-elections, 50 of which are scheduled for November.
“I would like the NLD to register and participate,” MP Thein Nyunt, a former NLD, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.
Khin Maung Swe, one of the leaders of the National Democratic Force (NDF) and a former member of the NLD, said that the NDF also wants Suu Kyi and the NLD to participate in the country’s political process and that Suu Kyi’s leadership is very important.
“The situation will be better if Daw Suu steps into the current political field with her registered party. Otherwise, it will not effective,” said Khin Maung Swe. “We are welcoming Daw Suu and her party to step into the political field because the democratic groups might become stronger.”
Aye Thar Aung, the secretary of the Committee Representing the Peoples’ Parliament, said, “By looking at the meetings of Aung San Suu Kyi and the president, the changes of some laws and the release of a few political prisoners, it seems that the government wants the NLD to participate in the current political field.”
Burma’s Election Commission announced the dissolution of the NLD in September 2010 because of its refusal to register as a political party.
Win Htain, an NLD leader and Suu Kyi’s close aide, said that the decision will be made with the participation of every single NLD member from the different townships.
“As for my opinion, I wish the party to register because of the current political situation in the country. I saw there are some improvements after Daw Suu met U Thein Sein,” said Win Htain.
The NLD won a landslide victory in Burma's 1990 general election, winning 392 out of 485 parliamentary seats, but the election was disallowed by the previous military junta.
Source: The Irrawaddy News
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