USDA will not contest in 2010 election: Official

New Delhi (Mizzima) – The pro-government organization – Union Solidarity and Development Association – in Burma’s western Chin state on Friday denied rumors that it will be changed into a political party to contest the ensuing 2010 general elections.

An official in the USDA office in Hakha, capital of Chin state, said that there has been no decision to fight the elections that the Burmese regime has declared to hold in 2010.

“So far, we have no information from above to prepare for a transformation of the organization into a political party,” an official in Hakha’s USDA office, who declined to named, told Mizzima.

“We have not held any political campaigns,” the official said. “Till now we are only engaged in activities related to rural development work.”

The official told Mizzima that the USDA in Chin state will keep staying out of political campaigns but focus only on regional development work in the area.

“The USDA is a civilian organization. It will continue to function as a civil society,” he added. continue



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