Newly Formed Mon Party Sets Sights on 2020 Elections
The party aims to build trust with a range of ethnic communities across Mon State.
By NETWORK MEDIA GROUP (NMG)
Monday, September 24, 2018
The Mon Party is aiming to win the majority of parliament seats in Mon State in the general elections scheduled for 2020.
According to the party’s leadership, they will do this by building trust with a range of ethnic communities in the state. In the 2010 and 2015 elections, they explained that the focus was on garnering support from their own ethnic group, but that the new party—a merger of three Mon political parties—had a new strategy.
“We will continue to persuade other ethnic people to vote for us in the coming 2020 general elections,” said Nai Kyan Yit, a central executive committee member of the Mon Party. “Unity is essential. Unity is strength. We have successfully merged Mon political parties. We hope we will benefit from this.”
The Mon Party was officially introduced to the public on Friday after being formed from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMDP), Mon National Party (MNP) and Mon Representative Party.
Party leaders said that the party’s constitution, policy, Union Election Commission registration and future plans would be decided in the first central committee meeting.
“It’s no problem to have many different political parties under a democratic system. Ethnic people need to build a federal Union. Before building a genuine federal Union, we must be united and we must have unity to work with other ethnic people,” Mon local Ko Min Aung Htoo told NMG.
In addition to the Mon Party, the Women’s Party (Mon) still remains as a separate ethnic Mon party active in the state.
The AMDP, MNP and Women’s Party (Mon) ran in the 2015 general elections. The AMDP won one parliamentary seat in the state parliament and the MNP won three seats—two in the state parliament and one in the Union’s Upper House.
Among the Mon public, it was believed that the Mon parties lost potential seats in the last election due to vote splitting.
The AMDP ran in the elections in 2010 and won 16 seats, with representation in the Upper and Lower Houses and the state parliament.