KIO and NMSP rule out election participation

Jan 21, 2009 (DVB)–The Kachin Independence Organisation and the New Mon State Party have rejected the idea of forming political parties to contest the 2010 election, according to spokespeople for the groups.

The KIO’s deputy foreign affairs coordinator, James Lum Dau, said any KIO members wishing to stand for election would have to leave the organisation first.
“The KIO will not form a political party,” he said.
“If a member of KIO wants to stand in the election, he or she will have to quit the organisation first and then participate as a civilian,” he went on.
“But as far as voting goes, they don’t necessarily have to quit, they can still do that as KIO members.” continue

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