Mon Youth Forum throws support behind local Chaungzone candidate in upcoming by-election
March 20, 2017
HURFOM: On March 11, the Mon Youth Forum (MYF) announced they will be supporting the All Mon Democratic Party (AMDP) candidate Nai Win Tun from Chaungzone Township in the upcoming by-election scheduled for early April.
A spokesperson from the MYF expressed concern that the presence of candidates from two different Mon political parties may confuse voters, while urging locals to vote for the Mon candidate from Chaungzone Township.
“For our MYF, we don’t ally ourselves with a party, we just look for the MP who really cares for our citizens. We will campaign for a local MP from Chaungzone Township in order to help get citizens of Chaungzone Township out voting,” said Zar Nu Oo, secretary of the MYF.
The other candidate representing Mon people in the election is Mon National Party (MNP) candidate Nai Sein Mya Mine from Thanbyuzayat Township.
Zar Nu Oo added that, “we have released a statement and helped campaign for our candidate with some of our youth group members.”
A committee composed of Mon leaders, community members, and monks had previously tried unsuccessfully to unite the different Mon political parties in order to create a unified front for voters. Their belief is that citizens will be confused over which candidate to vote for from their region.
In the 2015 election, NLD candidate Daw Khin Htay Kywe was elected as the Chaungzone representative in Mon State Parliament; however, she was later assigned by the NLD to work as a member of the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union, leaving the Chaungzone Township seat empty in the state parliament.