A total of 27 candidates from 12 parties along with several independent candidates, will run in Kayin State seeking to become one of three ethnic affairs ministers for the state, according to statistics provided by the state's election commission, reports Burma News International on October 3.
In Karen State there are ethnic affairs ministers representing the Mon, Bamar and PaO communities.
According to BNI, the list includes seven independent candidates and three candidates from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), three candidates from the National League for Democracy (NLD), three candidates from the Phlone-Sqaw Democratic Party (PSDP) and three candidates from other parties.
“Our party will run for Mon, PaO, and Bamar [Affairs positions] and Karen Affairs [Minister position] in Mon State. Based on our party’s principles, they will carry out the ethnic people’s goals and make plans to fulfill their needs,” said Phlone-Sqaw Democratic Party’s Vice-Chairman Mann Aung Pyi Soe.