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.
“We will create an education system that fosters critical thinking,” he said, adding to fix the flailing state health system. The NLD won’t confiscate land or make people afraid of our party Dr. Khin Si Thu said. There won’t malice towards the candidates that lost and all ethnic people will be treated equally.
NLD candidate U Baw Sa Ko, who ran for Demoso Township State Parliament No 2, said party slogans “time for change” and “the public’s desire is the hands of the public” will become a reality across the country. Winning the elections is just the first step in achieving a larger victory he said, adding the people will decide what needs to change and together we will demand this change.
One contentious issue is that most residents have little access to power for homes and businesses despite the large-scale production of electricity in Karenni State. Additionally roads, communication and health sectors are all very poor. Without money many people can’t go to the hospital U Baw Sa Ko explained.
U Pha Ray Reh, also known as U Myint Than Tun, a NLD candidate that contested Loikaw Township Upper House Constituency No 1, echoed these concerns.
“Karenni State is still lacking in many sectors…But we can’t say what we are going to carry out at the moment,” he said. All relevant issues will be submitted to Parliament for review
U Pha Ray Reh said if elected to parliament, he will start by focussing on addressing the insufficient electricity for households and businesses.
Translated by Thida Linn
Edited by BNI staff