Mon Unity Party to Run for Election in New Constituencies

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Mon Unity Party (MUP) is planning to run for election this year in five states and regions, party leaders said.

Ethnic Mon political parties have typically contested for seats in Mon and Karen states and Tanintharyi Region, where much of the Mon population is originally from. Yet in Burma’s 2020 election, the party will also compete in Bago and Yangon regions.

“We will run in one to two constituencies in Bago and Yangon. We have yet to choose the constituencies,” Nai San Tin, joint secretary 2 of the MUP, told NMG, adding that Mon parties did not run in those regions in the elections of 2010 or 2015.

The MUP will run in nine townships in Mon State, four in Karen State, four in Tanintharyi, and one in each Bago and Yangon.

The party expects to complete its selection of candidates in these constituencies by the end of July.

“Now we have only one Mon political party. I think this Mon party will win more seats in the coming election than [others] did in the 2015 election,” Mawlamyine voter Nai Maung Kyi told NMG.

The MUP is a merger of the All Mon Region Democracy Party, the Mon National Party, and the Mon Forces Party. The Union Election Commission (UEC) allowed the MUP to form in May 2019.

The party officially registered with the UEC on July 11, 2019.