Taungup: The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, the leading Arakanese political party, has opened a branch office in Taunggok on 29 January.
Taunggok is one of the five townships in Arakan State where the RNDP did not field its candidates to compete in the 2010 elections.
“We have opened the township branch office for Taunggok on the 29th of January and formed an 18-member organizing committee led by U Myint Swe Maung for the township”, said U Khine Pray Soe, a leader from the party head office in Sittwe.
He said his party has received a warm welcome and wider support from the township and over 300 people attended the office opening ceremony.
The office is situated in Aditpadit Street, Gutar Ward in downtown Taunggok.
A youth from Taunggok said their town is one of the most politically active and patriotic towns in Arakan State, but the town people had to cast their votes to the Union Solidarity and Development Party and other parties due to the lack of local Arakanese parties competing in their area in 2010 elections.
“No Arakanese political party competed in our area either in the 1990 and 2010 elections. That is why our town people cast their votes to other parties. Now our Arakanese party- the RNDP has opened its office and if it competes in the coming elections, I believe all our town people will give their votes to the party”, said the youth.
U Khine Pray Soe said his party is also trying to open offices in the other four remaining townships in Arakan State—Ann, Thandwe, Gwa and Manaung.
“The top leaders of our party General Secretary U Hla Saw, Secretary U Thar Htun Hla and Vice-Chairman U Tin Win are now on organizing trips to Ann, Thandwe, Gwa and Manaung Townships in order to open branch offices there and we hope we will be able to open offices in those townships very soon as well”, he said.
The RNDP contested 44 seats in Arakan State and Rangoon Division in the 2010 election, of which it won 35 seats.