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MNDF to Register After Coming Election

By Akar

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 

The Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF) has said that they will restructure their party and then register after the coming election in April, according to party sources.

After a press conference in which NMDF Chairman, Nai Ngwe Thein, celebrated his 90th birthday in the Mon community hall in Moulmein, Nai Tin Aung told reporters that the MNDF party registration will begin shortly after the coming election.

MNDF chairman Nai Ngwe Thein, in the middle, celebrated his 90th birthday. (Photo - Otjah/ Kaowao)

“We will register our party again after the coming election in April. We are not sure if we will register under the same name, NMDF, or under  a new party name,” said MNDF’s secretary, Nai Tin Aung.

If the MNDF registers for the election there will be two Mon parties representing the Mon community: MNDF and All Region Mon Democratic Party (ARMDP). Most of the Mon community has asked to have only one Mon political party in the election. To become one party, MNDF and ARMDP will have to negotiate combining the two parties.

“One monk said: ‘If the two parties do not become one, members of either party  will not be allowed to campaign in our village.’ They also want us to become one party for the sake of the entire Mon community,” said Nai Ngwe Thein, Chairman of MNDF.

MNDF formed in 1988 and participated in the 1990 election. Nineteen candidates were involved in the election with five winning seats in parliment. The government, however,  ignored the results and arrested the candidates in 1991. On March 2, 1992, the MNDF party become inactive party.

Because the MNDF opposed the 2008 constitution and continued their opposition by not registering in 2010, the ARMDP party then appeared in the 2010 election. Thirty-five ARMDP candidates participated in the  2010 election and 16 seats were won.

After the law was amended in October of last year, the National League for Democracy once again registered their party to run in the election this April. According to MNDF leaders, they will decide to register their party again if all political and ethnic leaders are released from prison.

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Name of sender: Nai Banya Hongsar
Email of sender: hongsarchannai@yahoo.com
COMMENTS: MNDF, either new or old name as well as AMRDP, either new and old candidates could not ignore NMSP's circules in the next 2-3 years under the new cease-fire agreement. If NMSP does not form or contest at the next election, the cease-fire process will not achieved and the ruling government requires its Tadmadaw for further power to force NMSP and its MNLA to place under Burder Guard, according to the constituion. Therefore, MNDF, NMSP and AMRDP leaders must form a Mon National Unity Party, or a Mon Democratas Party or like other allianced, Mon Affairs Party to lead the politics. Finally, Mon leaders must hold 90% of the seats t beat USDP and force Tadmadaw delegates for passing the laws that benefit for all Mons and local population. NLD and other party like Karen and Burmese leaders will also run election in Mon regions, therefore, it is not an easy battle at all. If Mon candidated do not win upto 60-70% of the seats, we are along way to pass the laws that we wish to pass for legal ground. MNDF old and new leaders must think a big picture and beyond 2015 election. In fact, monks and farmkers have the power to force them for forming one National Leage Mon Party like NLD.
Nai Banya Hongsar


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