ALD Re-Registers as Political Party

Yangon: The Arakan League for Democracy, or ALD, which won the third most votes in the 1990 election, has officially re-registered as a political party, said a spokesperson of the party.

“The delegates of our party already re-registered the party with the Union Election Commission in Naypyidaw on the 27th of February,” said U Aye Thar Aung, the party’s senior leader, adding, “We have used the party’s original monogram and flag for the registration and it may take nearly a month to get the registration from the commission.” U Aye Thar Aung said his party is continuing to do its regular activities while waiting for the grant of officially registered status.

“We are continuing to do what we are doing as a political party while waiting for the grant of official registration by the election commission. We have regular coordination meeting in our party as well as other ethnic political parties such as the Zomi Congress Party, the Shan National League for Democracy, the Mon National Democratic Front, and the Kachin Party, and discussion with youth on every Sunday,” he said.

He said those ethnic political parties have also decided to register with the union election commission very soon.

The Arakan League for Democracy was founded on 27 September 1989 in Rangoon with a nine-member central executive committee in which U Oo Thar Tun was elected as the patron, Dr. Saw Mra Aung as the chairman, Dr. San Tun and U Aye as vice-chairmen, U Aye Phay as general secretary, U Aye Thar Aung as the joint-general secretary, along with another three individuals, including U Oo Hla Saw, the current secretary of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party.

The party registered as a political party o 2 October 1989 and won 11 seats in Arakan State in the 1990 election. The results were later abolished by the Burmese military regime on charges that the party failed to submit its list of central committee members to the election commission.