Buthidaung, Arakan State: Four political parties and three individuals will take part in the 7th November 2010 national elections in Buthidaung, a local election watchdog said.

The Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP), the National Unity Party (NUP), the National Democratic Party for Development (NDPD), the National Development and Peace Party (NDPP) and three individuals will take part in the election, according to the District Election Commission of Maungdaw. “One Rakhine individuals withdraw at last movement.”

The District Election Commission of Buthidaung said the USDP, NUP and NDPP are going to contest in the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw), Lower house (Pyithu Hluttaw) and Region or State Hluttaw level in Buthidaung.

The USDP submitted its candidate for Amyotha Hluttaw, Maung Aye Htun; Shwe Maung for  Pyithu Hluttaw  while  Dr. Bashir and Kayfayard will contest for Region or State Hluttaw , according to the Township Election Commission of Buthidaung.

The National Unity Party (NUP) also submitted its candidate for Amyotha Hluttaw, Kyaw Khine;  Ba sein for Pyithu Hluttaw while San Shwe and Htun Aung Sein will contest for Region or State Hluttaw, the Township Election Commission of Buthidaung published on their notice board.

The NDPD also submitted its candidate for Amyotha Hluttaw, Mostafa Kamal; Abu Taher for Pyithu Hluttaw while Aung Myint alias Jahad Ullah and Bashir Ahmed will contest for Region or State Hluttaw, the Township Election Commission of Buthidaung published on their notice board.

NDPP submitted candidates Ali Husson for Amyotha Hluttaw while individuals three submitted for Amyotha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw;   Maung Hla alias Salim with white elephant logo and Candle logo owner Abu Kalam for Pyithu Hluttaw;  Htun Myint alias Imtiaz  with umbrella logo for Amyotha Hluttaw .

A local community elder from Maungdaw told Kaladan Press, “USDP members are organizing the local people in rural areas to vote for them and if they do they will be given more benefits such as free movement, build or repair religious buildings and easily get permission to marry.” “But, the local community refused to accept USDP while trying to advance campaign in the region.”  

The community elder said the Election Commission has given permission, but ethnic Rohingya political parties didn’t run till now as they are not arrive  to the area to run successful political campaign in the electorates.