Election Process Will Not Bring Democracy: Ethnic Leaders
24 October 2010: A group of ethnic leaders, politicians and activists have agreed for a joint concerted effort towards national reconciliation during a celebration marking the 22nd anniversary of the inception of the Zomi National Congress, an ethnic Chin political party in Kalay, Sagain g Division.
In a statement released today, ethnic leaders agreed to continue collaborating towards the goals of democracy, human rights, national reconciliation, and to serve the will of the peoples by putting an end to military rule.
“Burma’s 2010 Elections due to be held in accordance with the 2008 Constitution will not result in the kind of change that the people want and will not lead to democracy, human rights and national reconciliation,” says a declaration signed by ethnic leaders representing different ethnic parties.
In order to establish a federal union of Burma based on equality and democracy, the statement called for the ‘second Panglong conference’ to seek national reconciliation, urging ethnic nationalities to take initiatives and responsibilities to make it happen soon.
The Panglong Conference, held on 12 February 1947, was an historic meeting taking place at Panglong town of Shan State, where the Shan, Kachin and Chin ethnic leaders signedn an agreement under the leadership of Burma’s independence hero, General Aung San. On the agenda was the united struggle for independence from Britain and the future of Burma after independence as a unified republic.