SHAN STATE, Myanmar - The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) announced on Thursday that a major conference would be held next week in the Shan State capital of Taunggyi to re-elect party leadership.
The conference comes after the military council threatened in February to suspend the activities of the major ethnic political party for three years for failing to follow budgetary guidelines issued by the junta-controlled Union Election Commission (UEC).
"The political parties can do nothing [under the military regime]," SNLD chairperson Sai Nyunt Lwin told the press. I also don't believe the UEC will cause us any problems." "Because the audit is scheduled for June, now is the ideal time for us to hold a conference."
SNLD representatives from more than 50 townships across the country will elect 70 central committee members, 30 central executive officers, vice-chairs, and a chairperson during the event.
The conference comes one month after the death of Khun Htun Oo, the 78-year-old party founder, and former chairperson.
The SNLD is the first political party to meet since Myanmar's military coup in February 2021.