NLD reaches out toallies ahead of poll

The National League for Democracy is reaching out to other activists to strengthen its position ahead of elections later this year according to a VOA report on 20 July.

A leading member of the 1988 student protests, Ko Ko Gyi, told VOA Burmese he has decided to join the NLD, and fellow activists are also are considering a similar move.

Last week, veteran women's rights activist Zin Mar Aung also accepted an invitation to run for parliament as a member of the NLD.

NLD executive member Nyan Win told VOA Burmese that potential candidates are first required to apply for party membership before they can run as candidates.

“We encourage them to join with [the NLD] and asked them to apply from a certain township they would like to represent," he said.

Support of prominent activists is expected to boost chances of the NLD party to challenge the ruling party backed by the military in the poll.

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