Burma Times Correspondent: September 03, 2015
The Union Election Commission (UEC) has disqualified 17 out of the 18 candidates chosen to contest on the banner of an Islamic party.
Eleven of the rejected candidates are from Arakan state, and the six others are from the Yangon division. Only one candidate is therefore left to run as the candidate of the pro Muslim Democracy and Human Rights Party (DHRP).
The en masse banning of the Muslim candidates effectively signals the end of the DHRP, one of the few Muslims political parties left in Myanmar. Under the election laws of the country, a party unable to field three candidates will be disbanded.
“The rejection notice did not mention detailed reasons behind the decision, but just said the candidates were rejected for violations based on laws and regulations,” party chairman Mahmood Shomshul Anwarul Haque told Radio Free Asia.
“The rejection is based not on law; they don’t want to give us space,” said Kyaw Min, a member of the DHRP. “If it’s in the law, they why could we stand in the past? We could stand in the 1990 elections as well as the 2010 elections,” he said.