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Weeklly Polliitiicall Events Regardiing the SPDC''s Ellectiion Week y Po t ca Events Regard ng the SPDC s E ect on (023//2010) (023 2010)
June 27 – July 03, 2010

STATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SPDC) AND ITS STOOGE ORGANIZATIONS
-A government employee from Ye Township in Mon State, who participated in making a list of eligible voters, stated that in many townships, authorities were instructed to include at least one person from government departments and the military regime’s stooge organizations such as Union Solidarity and Development Association, in the voting list for the upcoming elections. As well as from the regime’s patronized organizations such as Myanmar Women's Affairs Federation, The Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, Militia, Swanahshin (People’s Power Organization), Red Cross, Fire Department, Reserved Fire Department, and members of village and township Peace and Development Councils. (NEJ 280610) -A local resident who attended a ballot poll observation training stated that in preparation for the elections, State Election Commission held Ballot Poll Observation/Management trainings in Chin State, from 13 to 15 June. (Khonumthung 280610) -According to sources from Ward Peace and Development Council offices in Rangoon, when choosing members for village/ward election commission, members of USDA, Women’s Affair Committee and Association for Protecting Mothers and Children were prioritized for the members list. (Irrawaddy 290610) -Ministry of Immigration and Population released a statement announcing that according to the nationwide census, the population of Burma is 59,129,900 and there are over 30 million eligible voters. (NEJ 300610) -According to a resident, in many villages in Kalay Township in Sagaing Division, members of USDA have been collecting money for the elections and have began the service for local people to get national IDs. (Irrawaddy 010710)

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NDD-Documentation and Research Department -Speaking on condition of anonymity, a chairperson of village Peace and Development Commission stated that U Hla Shwe, the Secretary of the Election Commission, Maungdaw Township, Arakan State has been selling rubber stamps for village election commission chairpersons with 5000 kyat each. (Narinjara 010710) -U Nay Myo Wai, the General Secretary of the Difference and Peace Party (PDP) stated that starting from the end of June, the Election Commission has enquired again about the personal data of the central committee members of the political parties, which had registered at the Election Commission. (Mizzima 020710)

OPPOSITION FORCES
A. FORCES INSIDE BURMA -U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), stated that NLD would officially submit an objection regarding the submitted party logo of National Democratic Force (NDF) since they were using the bamboo hat symbol, which NLD used in the 1990 elections, in their party logo. (DVB 300610) -During the Sagaing Division and Kachin State tour, U Han Tha Myint and, member of NLD Central Executive Committee, and Monywa Aung Shin, member of NLD Organizing Committee, Sagaing Division, visited Myitkyina, capital of Kachin State and explained to NLD members about the current position and future activities of NLD. (DVB 010710) -U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of NLD, U Win Tin, member of Central Executive Committee of NLD, and some youth members of NLD visited the families of Ko Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, leaders of 88 Generation Student Group, on 29 June and gave support and encourgament to the family members. -9 members of Committee Representing People’s Parliament (CRPP) met with U Tin Oo, the ViceChairperson of NLD, at his residence on 2 July, regarding how to inform democratic forces and people during the military regime’s elections. (RFA 020710) -U Tin Oo, the Vice-Chairperson of NLD, stated that NLD leaders such as U Win Tin, Dr. May Win Myint, Daw Lae Lae, Ma Phyu Phyu Thin and himself, and youth wing leaders of NLD visited families of political prisoners such as the comedian Ko Zargana, Ko Pyone Cho, a leading member of 88 Generation Student Group, on 2 July showing solidarity and providing some items for prison visits. (RFA 020710) B. FORCES OUTSIDE BURMA -On 26 and 27 June in Tokyo, Japan, Women League of Burma (WLB) and Human Rights Now based in Japan initiated an event and urged the United Nations to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence and crimes against women in Burma during the reign of the Burmese Military Regime. (RFA 270610)

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NDD-Documentation and Research Department -The exile National Council of the Union of Burma (NCUB) released a statement on 26 June condemning the Burmese military regime’s position of not allowing a European Union delegation led by Piero Fassino, the EU Special Rapporteur on Burma, to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy leader under house arrest. (RFA 270610) -Kachin organizations such as Kachin National Organization (KNO), Duwah Maran Zaw Aung, NLD elected Member of Parliament from Waingmaw constituency in Kachin State, All Kachin Students and Youth Union (AKSYU), condemned U Zakhung Ting Ying since he sent a message to Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) urging it to transform as a border guard force. (KNG 280610)

CEASE-FIRE GROUPS
ORGANIZATIONS WHICH HAVE NOT BEEN TRANSFORMED AS BORDER GUARD FORCE -A Kachin leader from Myitkyina stated that the military regime has offered U Zakhung Ting Ying, former leader of NDA-K who had agreed to follow the regime’s border guard force plan, to establish a Kachin political party. (NEJ 280610)

PARTIES THAT WERE PERMITTED TO STAND AS POLITICAL PARTIES
-A Shan ethnic leader stated, at the office opening and party signboard mounting ceremony of Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP) held at Ohdan Ward, Moekaung Township in Kachin State on 28 June, that there should be a Kachin political party to contest in the elections, which represents the Kachin people. (NMG 280610) -U Saw Aye Ko, the Deputy Chairperson of Karen People’s Party, and U Thu Wai, the Chairperson of the Democratic Party (Myanmar), stated that they had to find and approach candidates to contest the elections, as it is very hard to organize and convince people who have been out of touch with politics for about 20 years. (Mizzima 290610) -According to local people, Pa-O National Organization (PNO) has started campaigning in Pa-O regions in southern Shan State such as Taungyi, Hopong, Hsi Hseng, Pinlaung, Loilem and some other townships for 2010 elections. (Taunggyi Times 300610) -A member of Shan National Democratic Party (SNDP) stated that SNDP, in order to reach the 1000 party member requirement, continues to organize and recruit in townships in southern and eastern parts of Shan State. (S.H.A.N 300610) -A Pa-O youth in Tachilek stated that when Pa-O National Organization (PNO) started campaigning, from the middle of June in Sai Khao, Hsi Hseng Township in southern Shan State, Maj. Zaw Wan (or Zaw One) and U Aung Khin, the organizers of PNO, they just urged local people to support PNO but as local people did not have any say they were disappointed. (S.H.A.N 010710)

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NDD-Documentation and Research Department -U Nay Myo Wai, the Secretary of Difference and Peace Party, stated that DPP requested to authorities to loosen the restrictions, as the Censorship and Registration Department under the military regime’s Ministry of Information had increased censorship of the news regarding political parties’ campaigns. (DVB 010710) -U Nay Myo Wai, the Secretary of Difference and Peace Party, stated that DPP would reconsider contesting the elections due to the Censorship and Registration Department under the military regime’s Ministry of Information strict censorship of news about political parties’ campaigns in weekly journals. (Irrawaddy 020710)

PARTIES THAT HAVE REGISTERED TO STAND AS POLITICAL PARTIES
- U Aung Thaung, U Thein Zaw, andU Htin Nan, members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (Myitkyina) initiated the establishment of Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State, and will submit an application for registeration with the Election Commission this week. (DVB 290610) -According to sources close to Unity and Democracy Party of Kachin State, some leading members of the party would arrive to Naypyitaw on 1 July in order to register at the Union Election Commission. (KNG 010710)

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
GOVERNMENTS -U Nyan Win, the spokesperson of NLD, stated that Michelle Chan, the Australian ambassador to Burma, and the director of Southeast Asian Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met with some NLD Executive Committee Members on 28 June and they inquired about the NLD’s current position, objectives for the future, their position on sanctions on the military regime, and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s position. (DVB 280610) -U Nyo Ohn Myint, the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Committee of National League for Democracy (Liberated Area), stated that at the inauguration on 30 June, of Benigno Aquino, the 15th President of the Phillpines, assured he would organize ASEAN member states to promote democratic change in Burma. (DVB 300610) -U Thu Wai, the Chairperson of the Democratic Party (Myanmar), stated that Hugh Barrowman, Chief of Southeast Asian Affairs Department of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while meeting with four political parties, on 30 June , who will contest the elections, urged and recommended the military regime to hold free and fair elections. (RFA 300610)
End of report/ Saturday, July 03, 2010 Distributed by Network for Democracy and Development; Documentation and Research Department (NDD)

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