Interview with expert on political situation in post election Kachin State

Thuta Linn — BNI’s Election Newsroom recently met with Daw Nang Raw, the assistant director of Policy and Strategy Department for the Nyein Foundation (also known as Shalom Foundation), an NGO that is active in Kachin State.  During the interview she shared her views on the situation in post election Kachin State.

Karen civil society group vows to work for the common good

Sa Eh Sue — The Karen State Civil Society Organization Network (KSCN) plans to increase cooperation between civil society organizations and local authorities so that local residents can receive full guarantee for their interests and rights.  This declaration was made at an event to mark the opening of the group's office on Wednesday.

Ethnic parties in Kachin state want by-elections soon

By Thuta Linn — Ethnic parties in Kachin state parties want Burma’s incoming government to hold by-election soon.  “Even if the by-elections are held, we still won’t be able to form a government, but I want to know how much understanding and priority the new government will have with regards  to ethnic parties,” said U Lwam Zaung, a lawyer who vied for a state parliament seat representing the Kachin Democratic Party (KDP).

Election commission postpones hearing into NLD complaint against NDAK chief

Thuta Linn — The Union Election Commission (UEC) has formally delayed a hearing to look into a complaint filled against the reelected Kachin State Upper House MP, U Zakung Ting Ying.  The next hearing was officially delayed on Monday, ostensibly because the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) complaint was submitted incorrectly.

Interview with newly elected NLD MP from jade rich Hpakant

Thuta Linn — In an interview with the BNI Election Newsroom, newly elected Lower House MP, U Tint Soe, spoke about the current situation involving the excavation of natural resources in his hometown, Hpakant, in western Kachin State.

Despite election loss Chin party says ethnic parties still viable

Salai Htan Swam Hlang — Many people in Chin State were caught off guard by the results of the 2015 General Election which saw local Chin parties do rather poorly. A total of 13 parties ran in the state however the National League for Democracy (NLD) secured an overwhelming victory and won enough seats in the state to form the Chin State government.

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