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Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has announced its candidate list for the upcoming general election.
Burma’s main opposition party will contest 1,132 of the total possible 1,171 seats in the upper and lower houses, as well as in state and division assemblies.
The NLD has not listed candidates for constituencies in Kokang, Wa or Naga areas.
Central Executive Committee member Win Htein said that priority was given to women, younger aspiring politicians, ethnic persons, and those that had served within the party for a number of years.
“First, he or she must be capable,” he told DVB on Sunday. “If we consider that two potential candidates have equal abilities, then we give priority to younger people and women. Then, ethnic minority persons would be chosen. Finally, we would consider who had been a faithful party member for some time.”
His comments came soon after the NLD had rejected a bid by 18 members of the 88 Generation group to run as candidates for the party.
Addressing the issue of the ‘rejected’ 88 Generation members, Win Htein said, “Ko Ko Gyi is well-known politically to some extent. But, in his constituency we also have Dr. Saw Naing who has been with the NLD for a long time.”
Win Htein said that all but four of NLD’s sitting MPs would seek re-election, with the exceptions opting out due to health reasons.
He added that 15 percent of candidates on the list are women.