Efforts to introduce the proportional representative (PR) system is aimed at barring the NLD from winning a landslide victory in the upcoming general elections, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) at a mass meeting in Loikaw of Kayah State on November 8.
“The country has a lot of political parties. Some want to cooperate while others have no desire to cooperate. Some thought that the chance of winning the seats in the 1990 elections was very narrow as there were many democratic parties. The NLD won with a landslide victory in the 1990 elections thanks to people’s rightful thoughts. I strongly believed that my party would also secure such victory in the future,” she added.
“PR is a dysfunctional system. I would like to explain why this system should not be installed. The main point is that there is a reason to think that the approval of PR system may hinder the NLD from winning a landslide victory. I am saying about it honestly. Other people may think so like us,” said Aung San Suu Kyi.
“I never look down on people. The voting right is only in the hands of people whatever voting system is practised. No need to be anxious about any election system if the people have the right to cast their votes with their own conviction. I would like to send a message to the people. The matters related to the electoral system are being discussed at the parliament. It is not the right time to introduce the PR system. I don’t mean that it is not appropriate in the future. I would like to request those concerned to listen to our voices,” she said.
Likewise, it needs to review the views of the representatives who and the political parties that favour the introduction of PR system. Only then, the people can decide who is right and who have good intentions, she added.
The Kayah State tour dismissed speculation that ethnic groups are losing faith in Suu Kyi and that her support is declining due to her failure to speak out against fighting in ethnic areas. Large crowds were seen everywhere she went to in the state. It was estimated that tens of thousands attended her rally in Loikaw, the capital city.
She met residents from 23 villages who said their major problems involve flooding, severe unemployment and destitution. Suu Kyi promised to bring the issues to respective ministries.
“Our National League for Democracy has limited power. We are just a political party. We are not a government administration but we still have many capabilities as we have the strength and trust from the public,” she said.
This is the third time Suu Kyi visited Kayah State as NLD leader.