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Myanmar opens to party registration after election: official media

11-12-2010 14:07 BJT

YANGON, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The official daily New Light of Myanmar said in a long commentary Friday that political parties wanting to operate legally are still given right as long as they get registered with the Union Election Commission abiding by the new state constitution and existing laws.

"The multi-party democracy general elections have been successfully completed. There is no ban on the right to form as political parties of organizations that want to accept and practise a genuine and discipline-flourishing multi-party democratic system," the commentary said under the name of a law analyst who is believed to be a mouth-piece with the government.

"If an organization is desirous of forming and registering as a poitical party it is required to form and register in accord with the existing political parties registration law," the official analyst stressed, warning that "Refraining from applying for registration is tantamount to violating the exisitng laws."

The analyst further said, "I would like to urge already-formed political parties and parties wishing to form as political parties in the future to march towards the goal of genuine and disciplined- flourishing multiparty democratic nation with the sense of putting the interest of the state and its people in the fore by shaking hands each other without taking election results into consideration".

Before Myanmar's election on Nov. 7, five old political parties out of 10 became null and void as they did not apply for continued existence as political parties within the prescribed days, the analyst pointed out, citing the Union Pa-O National Organization, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, Shan State Kokang Democratic Party, Wa National Development Part and the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Shortly after the polls, the election results are being released day after day.

A total of over 3,000 parliamentary candidates from the 37 political parties including 82 independents took part in the competition across the country's seven regions and seven ethnic states for over 1,000 parliamentary seats.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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