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Ethnic Political Party Alliance Requests Reforms to Government Census Lists

Kaowao
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Nationality Brotherhood Forum (NBF), an alliance of six ethnic political parties, has asked the Burmese government to let ethnic people use their own ethnic names when the government administers census lists and identification cards in the country.

Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is in the middle while other are ethnic leaders from six political parties. (Photo:Min Bar Kyi)

This request of the government was made during the August 19 monthly meeting held by the six ethnic political parties at the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD) office in Rangoon.

“The country will prepare its census lists soon and the government should allow ethnic people to use their names and also even allow them to put their religious beliefs on the house lists,” said a joint statement issued by the NBF.

The leaders of the six political parties made this request out of a shared concern that ethnic political parties may face a future constituency crisis in which constituencies may not have the ethnic population amount required by the Election Commission due to incorrect names on the census lists.

During the 2010 election, Mon people in Rangoon were not able to vote for a Mon political party because the Rangoon Division of the Immigration Office said that the number of Mon people residing in the city did not reach 57,000 or 0.1 percent of the population required by the Election Commission. The MLCC in Rangoon estimates that the city is home to about 100,000 Mon people.

In addition, the statement released by the NBF said that the government should have a nationwide ceasefire and stop fighting in Kachin State. Moreover, government troops should listen to the order from Burmese President Thein Sein to stop fighting.

Group photo from ethnic political parties has taken. (Photo: http://www.polska-azja.pl)

Furthermore, ethnic rights in Burma must be brought to the government as either an affirmative action measure when the government appoints new civil servants or an allowance for newspapers to publish ethnic language editions for the ethnic people in the country.

The six political parties of NBF include the Chin National Party, All Mon Regions Democracy Party, Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party, SNLD, Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, and Kayan National Party.

 

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