Friday, August 18, 2017

Merger of three Chin political parties postponed

The formation of a new Chin political party from three existing parties has been postponed until October so that one of them, the Chin National League for Democracy, can hold a conference to decide if it wants to participate, said party officials.

Since May 2016, leaders of the Chin National Democratic Party, Chin Progressive Party and Chin National League for Democracy have been planning to form a coalition because there were many political parties in the state.

The Chin National Democratic Party and Chin Progressive Party agreed to the merger and have been trying to register the coalition under the name Chin National Congress.

But the Chin National League for Democracy wants to hold a party conference next week to make a decision whether to join the merger. After that, a date can be set to finalise the formation of the coalition.

Salai Shein Tun, general secretary of the Chin Progressive Party, said, “The Chin National League for Democracy told us they can only decide at the conference, so we are waiting.” He added that the leadership of the new party has not yet been decided, so it cannot be registered.

U Zo Zam, chair of the Chin National Democratic Party, said if the Chin National League for Democracy decides not to join, they will register the new party with only two parties.

“We want them to join. That is why we are waiting for their decision. Most of its rank-and-filers sent an official letter to us saying they want to join. That is why we are waiting for the decision,” he said.

More than 10 political parties representing ethnic Chin contested the 2015 elections. The National League for Democracy and Union Solidarity and Development Party won a majority of seats in the state. Among Chin parties, only Zomi Congress for Democracy won seats in the election. That may be why Chin political leaders are merging their parties to contest the 2020 election.