Three Chin Political Parties Met to Strengthen Collaboration
15 December 2012: Leaders of the Chin Progressive Party (CPP), Zomi Congress for Democracy (ZCD) and Ethnic National Development Party (ENDP) held a meeting in Rangoon last Wednesday.
The meeting was aimed to improve collaboration among the three political parties ahead of the upcoming general elections in Burma in 2015.
Pu Anthony Kap Khan Khual was quoted as saying by the Chin World Media that they discussed about how the parties would be able to work and move forward together in Chin State for the 2015 elections.
“Our discussion also involved current issues related to Rakhine State bordering the southern parts of Chin State,” added the former political prisoner.
Three members from CPP including Chairman Pu No Than Kap and Pu Ai Saw Mya; nine from ZCD including Chairman Pu Chin Sian Thang, General Secretary Pu Gin Kam Lian and Secretary Pu Zam Mung; and Pu Sang Hlei Mang from ENDP attended the meeting at SS Cafe in Rangoon.
In the November 7 elections of 2010, the Chin National Party (CNP) and the Chin Progressive Party (CPP) won five State legislative seats each while the Ethnic National Development Party (ENDP) one seat in Chin State.
But the Zomi Congress for Democracy, formerly known as Zomi National Congress which was declared ‘illegal’ by the then military junta in the 1990s, didn’t contest in the 2010 elections.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang