New Delhi (Mizzima) – Forty-five members of the National Democratic Force (NDF) in South Dagon Township sent letters of resignation to the party’s head office on July 30, according to former party organizer Shwe Win.
He told Mizzima on Friday that the members who tendered their resignations were from South Dagon Township Ward No. 106. The members said they had lost confidence in the party’s policies and organization, said Shwe Win.
The NDF party confirmed the news that some party members from the township had resigned.
NDF party chairman Dr. Than Nyein told Mizzima that branch officials would take up the matter.
"We have not yet met them. A person brought a list of names and gave it to us,” he said.
Some critics of the NDF party, which broke off from the National League for Democracy (NLD) and contested in the 2010 general election, said it lacks solidarity and unity.
Former NDF party MP Thein Nyunt from the Thingangyun constituency was expelled from the party on November 17, 2010, for allegedly disclosing the party’s internal financial matters to the media.
NDF MPs and legislators including Phone Myint Aung, U Kyaw (Thingangyun constituency 1), San San Myint (Thingangyun constituency 3) and Kyi Myint (Latha) resigned from the party along with 63 party members and joined with Thein Nyunt’s faction.
Sources said that the members who resigned from the party are the same members who joined the NDF after Thein Nyunt encouraged them to do so.
MP Thein Nyunt, now an independent, has applied to the Union Election Commission (UEC) for registration of a new party, the “New National Democracy Party.” He said the party plans to contest in the by-election if its application is granted by the UEC.
There were 61 central committee members and about 8,000 party members when the NDF was first organized. It has branch offices in seven regions and four states. The NDF said it will contest for at least 20 vacant seats in the forthcoming by-election.