Running Registration: 5 April 2010 (ineligible to register due to connections with the Kachin Independence Organisation 16 July 2010)
Founded: March 2009 Founders: Dr. Manam Tu Ja Leader: Dr. Manam Tu Ja Membership: over 3,000 persons waiting to be accepted as party members Affiliated with: KIO
The Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) led by former leaders of Kachin ceasefire groups' was founded in March 2009 by the Kachin State Interim Committee (KSIC) (formed by the two largest Kachin armed groups--- the NDA-K, the KIO and the Myitkyina-based Kachin Nationals Consultative Assembly (KNCA) (umbrella organization for all Kachin national politicians). The party will probably keep strong links with the KIO and maintain its ceasefire.
The party is led by Dr. Manam Tu Ja former Vice-president No. 2 of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). There are 19 Central Executive Committee (CEC) members, 58 Central Committee (CC) members and 35 Alternate CC members.
Party Central Executive Committee
Dr. Manam Tu Ja
Dr. Manam Tu Ja: “Our party’s approval is totally dependent on the KIO’s Laiza decision. If the KIO goes on to fight the junta, the party will be not be approved by the EC” (17 Aug 2010)
Burma's Election Commission (EC) rejected the applications of 14 leading KSPP members, including its founder Tu Ja, who alternatively applied to run as individuals.
Kachin State Progressive Party chairman has called recent claims made by Burmese junta minister Aung Thaung that the party was ineligible to register with the electoral watchdog over its connections to the Kachin Independence Organisation “as groundless”.
UEC Chairman Thein Soe told a high-level five-member KSPP delegation led by Dr. Tuja to the UEC offices in Naypyidaw that the party could continue its activities while awaiting permission from the commission.
A junta minister reportedly told Kachin leaders and elders that the Kachin State Progressive Party led by Dr. Tuja would be blocked from forming as a political party under electoral laws because of his past links with the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO). The delegation led by Minister of Industry No. 1 Aung Thaung and Communications Minister Thein Zaw met the Kachin Consultative Council for about an hour in Myitkyina,
During the USDA's annual meeting, the head of the USDA in Kachin State and the chairman of the Kachin Literature and Culture Committee Duwa Mading Zung Ting said, “KSPP and KIO are the same and they take the same stance of opposing the junta."
The Kachin State Progressive Party submitted its application to the Union Election Commission to form as a political party.
The Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) with 100 members decided at a meeting to register in April.
The Kachin State Progressive Party Chairman Tu Ja invited dozens of women and students in Myitkyina to a briefing on how to campaign for the party.
The Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) led by former leaders of Kachin ceasefire groups' have begun their pre-election campaigns in major townships of the Kachin State. The KSPP party campaigns are now underway in Myitkyina, Waing-Maw, Puta-O, Naungmong,Ma-chambaw, Kaung-lanphu, Ingyan-yang, Pharkant, Ta-naing, Moe-nyin, Moegaung, Bahmo, Moe-mauk, Shwe-gu townships.
Six KIO high-ranking officials including Dr. Mana Tu Ja, vice-president (2) of the KIO, announced their resignation from the KIO to form the Kachin State Progressive Party (KSPP) that will contest in the 2010 elections