Burmese Election: ANP Wins Majority Seats in Arakan Followed by NLD
By Rohingya Mirror
Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – In the Burmese (Myanmar) General Election held on November 8, The Arakan National Party (ANP) won the majority union parliamentary seats in Arakan State, while the National League for Democracy also secured win in a few townships in the state.
Amongst all the seats for the house of the nationalities (upper house) from Maungdaw Township constituency, ANP which is a ‘Rakhine Nationalist Party’ claimed all the seats barring for one seat which was won by Union Development and Solidarity Party (USDP).
In other townships such as Buthidaung, Rathedaung, Akyab (Sittwe), Kyauktaw, the ANP claimed the majority seats in all the parliamentary houses, while NLD won the majority union parliamentary seats in Than Dwe, Gwa and Taung Gote Townships.
The NLD claimed the seats in the townships despite that the anti-NLD and anti-Muslim hate speech had been delivered by Dr. Aye Maung, the chairman of ANP, as a strategy of electoral campaign before the election.
[Meanwhile, reports from other townships are yet to be received.]
This is the first ever election in the history of Myanmar where the ‘Rohingya Community’ were barred from both participating as the election candidates and as the voters.
“It’s so racist, blatant and discriminatory this time. Just because we belong to a different ethnic group and practice a different religion, they have barred us from the Election. Else, we have participated in all other elections in the history of Burma,’ hopelessly said an elderly person in Maungdaw.
The Rohingyas had the rights to take part in 2010 Election both as parliamentary candidates and voters. In fact, they had elected MPs both in the Union Parliaments and the State-Parliament. Unfortunately, the Burmese Government has violated yet another basic human right of the persecuted Rohingyas subjected to Genocide by stripping off their rights to participate in the general election.
Below are some excerpts from the reports by Irrawaddy Media on the polls in Arakan state:
11:57am (November 9): More news from Arakan State. Khaing Kaung Sam, founder of the Sittwe-based election monitor Wunlark Development Foundation told The Irrawaddy on Monday morning it appeared the Arakan National Party won 12 Lower House seats, while the NLD won five.
“The ANP completely won in nothern Arakan and the NLD won more races in southern Arakan,” he said.
He confirmed ANP chairman Dr. Aye Maung was defeated in the Manaung (2) state constituency, with the NLD winning all three state and Union races in the area.
ANP patron Aye Thar Aung confirmed the party had won a majority of Arakan State races but was awaiting confirmation from the election commission. Party spokeperson Oo Hla Saw claimed the ANP won all seats in Mrauk-U.
Myint Wai of the Gwa Township NLD office said he believed his party had won all constituencies in Thandwe, Gwa, Toungup. Results are provisional until officially declared by the UEC. —Reporting by Moe Myint in Rangoon.
11:43am (November 9): As expected, unofficial results point to a strong showing for the Arakan National Party (ANP) in Arakan State. The party has reportedly claimed all three seats up for grabs in both Kyaukphyu and Ramree townships and is leading the count across the board in Minbya, Myebon and Mrauk-U townships.
As reported earlier, one major blip for the ANP was the defeat of party chairman Aye Maung in Manaung Township, a constituency reportedly swept by the opposition NLD. Former Arakan State chief minister Maung Maung Ohn won a seat for the ruling USDP in the local legislature in Ann Township Constituency (1), where military battalions and government departments are based. —Khin Oo Tha reporting in Kyaukphyu.
10:27am(November 9): We’re working to bring you a picture of what’s happening in Arakan State and should have a statewide picture soon. Multiple media sources say that Arakan National Party chairman Aye Maung has lost his contest, which was confirmed earlier by our reporter Moe Myint’s call to the party. In other parts of the state, it looks like the ANP has performed solidly. We’ll bring you an update shortly.
3:52 pm (November 8): About 100 Muslim citizens, mostly ethnic Kaman and a few Rohingya recently granted legal status, exercise their right to vote in Kyaukphyu, Arakan State. Police and security personnel transported the voters from their homes in a camp for internally displaced persons to this polling station, in an area under the command of the Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion 542. A number of the voters told The Irrawaddy that they support the NLD, and some alleged that the ruling USDP had offered money to IDPs to vote in their favor. Less than ten percent accepted the offer, they said.
More than 140,000 people were displaced by a series of deadly inter-communal riots between Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in 2012. The vast majority of the displaced were Rohingya, but other communities, including the Kaman, were also affected. The Kaman are recognized as an official ethnic group in Burma, while the Rohingya are denied citizenship and—as of earlier this year—the suffrage rights they enjoyed during all previous elections. —Reporting by Khin Oo Tha in Kyaukphyu.
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