|Lahu National Development Party is one of the five re-registered parties that contested in the 1990 elections.
The translation of the party's campaign presentation on state radio and TV is as follows:
First and foremost, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Union Election Commission for permitting our party to present our stance and work programmes on TV. I am Vice-Chairman U Yaw Thup from Lahu National Development Party.
I will present the stance of Lahu National Development Party. Our party’s stance is:- Our party believes that we the national races of the Union of Myanmar can achieve the goal of building a modern and developed nation only if we follow and practise genuine democracy system.
We formed Lahu National Development Party with the aim of mobilizing harmonious participation of people of various national races in the regions in which Lahu nationals reside in building a modern, developed democratic nation.
In Lahu language, our party is Lahu Chekyu Ulamulartu Party.
I would like to present some points about our party’s flag. Our party’s flag is five feet long and 2.5 feet wide. A white triangle is in the east part of the flag. Upper half of the flag is red colour and the lower half of the flag is sky blue colour.
With the white triangle in the background, there are two Lahu traditional bottle gourd flutes in the shape of a cross. Over the cross point is a paddy ear. And over the paddy ear is a red star.
The white triangle, bottle gourd flutes, paddy ear and red star have their meanings.
White coulur represents simplicity, cleanliness, uprightness and loyalty. Red colour represents bravery, activeness and steadiness. Sky blue colour represents coldness, stability, peace and unity.
In Lahu tradition, a triangle represents strong belief in the Buddha and Dhamma, patriotism, and sense of cherishing motherland.
Bottle gourd flutes represent Lahu nationals’ culture, unity, sacredness and loyalty, and on days of significance, Lahu people dance with bottle gourd flute accompaniment to strengthen unity.
Paddy ear represents the main business of Lahu nationals which has been run since our forefathers.
Red star represents the entire Lahu nationals.
Our party’s seal is in circular shape. Words“Lahu National Development Party” are embodied in Myanmar language at the top of the seal, and in Lahu language at the bottom of the seal. There are two stars; one on the Myanmar language side and another, on the Lahu language side. In the centre of the seal is a cross of two bottle gourd flutes. On the cross point is a paddy ear. At the top of the paddy ear is a star. Under the cross of two flutes are a group of words “LNDP” which are initials of the name of our party.
The objectives of our party are:-
- to ensure that sovereignty is in force in the whole country, non-disintegration of national solidarity, perpetuation of independence,
- to develop Lahu nationals’ literature, culture, custom and arts,
- to ensure every citizen enjoys equal rights, the rule of law, and to work for political, economic, social and organizing works in our region,
- to improve the living status of Lahu people, and
- to take lessons and procedures from developed nations for development of the nation and Lahu region.
Now, I would like to present our party’s future plans.
Our party's future plans are:-
We will arouse the political, economic, social and organizing senses of the people of the Union of Myanmar and local people of Lahu region and improve the image of our party.
We will persuade groups to give up armed insurgency and democratically seek ways in the framework of the law.
We will show equality to all congenial political parties and occasionally join hands, make ally and give help with them.
We will ward off poppy farming that has been major business since our forefathers, and organize local people to run agricultural farming, livestock breeding, and exploitation of natural resources instead of poppy farming. In that regard, we will provide intellectuals and intelligentsia and investments.
We will exercise independent and active foreign policy and peacefully coexistences with other countries.
We will encourage developing literature, culture, custom and arts of Lahu national people.
We will improve transport. We will make sure that the people, regardless of wealth, have access to free medical treatment and every citizen has access to school education. They are our party’s stances and work programmes.