NLD Slams Myanmar Election Commission’s ‘Inappropriate’ Warning for Suu Kyi

NLD Slams Election Commission’s ‘Inappropriate’ Warning for Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi addresses a crowd of supporters in Mandalay on May 18. (Photo: Teza Hlaing / The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — The main Burmese opposition party has rejected a warning from the country’s election commission to Aung San Suu Kyi over her challenge to the country’s military to amend the 2008 Constitution.

In a letter dated May 22, the Union Election Commission (UEC) said Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy chairwoman, was “challenging the army” in comments she made during a rally in Mandalay days earlier. The UEC claimed the speech went against Suu Kyi’s oath as a parliamentarian and against the Constitution’s rules for political parties.

In an announcement released Monday, the NLD said the UEC’s warning was “inappropriate” and denied that the party was “speaking outside the boundaries of the Constitution” as alleged by the commission’s secretary, Tin Tun, in the letter

“We are just doing as it is stated in the Constitution: Any political party can stage rally freely as long as it’s in accordance with the law,” the NLD statement said.

“So we announce that the UEC’s intervention warning is inappropriate,” it said, accusing the UEC of overstepping its powers.

“The UEC can only carry out monitoring political parties in accordance with the Election Law and it has no right to carry out duties not enacted in the law.”

The NLD also pointed out that the UEC in its warning misquoted Suu Kyi when its statement had her urging the army’s representatives in parliament to “prove” they were acting in the interests of the people by amending the charter. The NLD countered that Suu Kyi in fact only addressed the army in general, which is backed up by The Irrawaddy’s recording of the speech, delivered in Mandalay on May 18.

“The correct wording is ‘Our army has to face the reality and say ‘we will amend the Constitution legally for the good of people,’” the announcement said.

4 Responses to NLD Slams Election Commission’s ‘Inappropriate’ Warning for Suu Kyi

  1. ASSK is 100% correct. Why UEC un necessaryily attacking her? UEC should stay as middle man to and to to take part in politics. U Tin Aye is still thinking that he is Chairman of Bago Division as he acted during the dictator New Win era and copying to act as dictator style. This is nature of Ne Win trained peoples and they were brain wash in those days.

  2. Election Commission(EU) is playing the game from the side of military backs USDP. The commission must be formed with non-partisan and neutral persons or honest people. No person from the military or USDP must be allowed to take part of EU. Tin Aye, especially, must be fired. His tone is so ugly because everyone can tell that he is blindly trying to help USDP to have upper hand over the NLD.

  3. Tin aye must resign from his post if he is a decent and honest person. He is unfit to chair election commission. Being a general does not give him a good man. Actually, he was appointed to chair election commission to suppress opposition parties in order to let his usdp an upper hand. Dishonest usdp and it’s agent tin aye do not deserve to serve us. Their stinky smell is unbearable to the public.

  4. “Ask not what the country can do for you, ask what YOU can do for the country.” J.F.K.

    Let’s see where Burmese way to democracy will lead the country.

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