KNC rejected Election Commission’s call

San Latt / February, 25, 2021

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The Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina headquartered Kachin National Congress (KNC) party said it will not join the meeting invited by the newly formed military’s Union Election Commission (UEC), respecting the voices of people.

The leader of KNC Dr. M Kawn La told The Kachin Post that its party will not attend the UEC meeting because, the new UEC hasn’t explain the root of the political problem, and their political trend is not what people want. UEC reportedly invited most of the political parties in the country.

“We as a political party must respect the people and their voices,” Dr. M Kawn La said. “In our Kachin State, the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) and other organizations are boycotting against the military rule.”

In Kachin State, UEC invited KNC party, Lisu National Development Party, Kachin State People’s Party (KSPP) and Tai-leng Nationalities Development Party to attend the meeting on February 27, 2021. Dr. Manam Tu Ja led KSPP reportedly said to join the meeting with UEC.

Just after the military coup in the early of February, Dr. M Kawn La was offered to take a position in the central committee of Junta’s State Administrative Council (SAC) and Kachin State Administrative Council (KSAC). Dr. M Kawn La rejected both positions offered by the military authority.

“I don’t believe in UEC and the military, as well as federalism which they offer,” a Kachin NGO worker who participated in anti-coup rally told The Kachin Post.

KNC was founded in 1949, and won up to several seats in 1950-51, 1956 and 1960 elections in Burma. The party contested 1990 election and won no seats in parliament, as well as 2010, 2015 and 2020 elections.