Ethnic Parties Discuss What Went Wrong

Thuta Linn — With the election finally over polling results for all of Kachin State have yet to be officially released. However it’s clear that the majority of ethnic parties did poorly. Ethnic candidates have admitted their weak points which they blame mainly on budget constraints and lack of experience caused by decades of neglect and repression. They expressed concerns that issues affecting their communities could be ignored with the National League for Democracy (NLD) winning a majority government.

NLD Takes All In Mindat Township

Salai Kyaw Moe Tun — The National League for Democracy (NLD) has won all four seats in Mindat Township Constituency, including Chin State Chief Minister; a position that U Hong Ngai from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has held since the last election in 2010.

ANP Did Poorly In Marnaung Township

San Maung Than — Arakan National Party (ANP) Chairman Dr. Aye Maung blamed his inability to take Marnaung Township during the election due to campaign related problems.

Observers Say Election Fraught With Problems

Htoe Myar — Election observers in Karenni State had mixed feelings about the success of the recent election with some saying it was disorganized and others reporting of polling station officers impeding on their abilities to do their job.  Despite all these hurdles end results were positive said some.

Only Four Mon Candidates Win

Aik Sai — Four candidates from local ethnic Mon parties scored victories in Mon State. However, there were only three parties that contested the elections: the Mon National Party (MNP); the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP); and the Women’s Party (Mon). Out of these, three MNP candidates and one AMRDP won.

Poll Results For Sittwe Township

San Maung Than — Election results for Sittwe Township have been released. Here are the results:

U Maung Thein Khine (ANP); U Wai Sein Aung (ANP); U Aye Thein (ANP), and U Kyaw Zaw Oo (independent candidate), have won in the Lower House, the Upper House, and State Parliament Constituency 1 and 2, respectively.

NLD Hopeful Of Change

Htoe Myar — It appears to be a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy (NLD) on a national level and they also did very well in Karenni State. However, Dr. Khin Si Thu, NLD Lower House candidate for Loikaw Township, cautioned that until elections representatives release official counts for the state, they haven’t won yet. As soon as the results are announced they will start working to improve development in Karenni State, he promised.

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