Independent MP alleges campaign ‘dirty tricks’

YANGON — Most of the election campaign posters for prominent independent candidate Daw Nyo Nyo Thin have been vandalised and she has also been target of personal attacks in a book, a Yangon news conference was told last week.

More than 80 percent of the posters for Daw Nyo Nyo Thin have been destroyed, her campaign manager, U Zaw Yan, told reporters on October 16.

Daw Nyo Nyo Thin, an independent MP in the Yangon regional parliament who is seeking election to the Pyithu Hluttaw in Yangon’s Bahan Township, told the news conference that as well as posters being destroyed she had also been the target of personal attacks in a book about one of her main rivals in the election.

Daw Nyo Nyo Thin said she could tolerate the attacks but they had angered some of her supporters and she had decided to speak to the media about the “disruptions” because of concern about the situation.

Daw Nyo Nyo Thin’s campaign technical advisor, U Tin Maung Oo, said a man who supports her rival, National League for Democracy candidate U Tin Myint, had printed about 20,000 copies of the book.

The outspoken anti-corruption crusader and her campaign team refused to name the author of the book, titled ‘Should you vote for U Tun Myint’, or the party he supports.

Accusations in the book were “totally fabricated”, said Daw Nyo Nyo Thin, adding that she had filed a report to the Union Election Comission but had not taken legal action against the author.

U Tin Maung Oo said the book reviews Daw Nyo Nyo Thin’s election victory as the Democratic Party (Myanmar) candidate for the Yangon regional parliament seat of Bahan in the 2010 election that was boycotted by the NLD.

The book implies that if Daw Nyo Nyo Thin wins she would support the Union Solidarity and Development Party, he said.

Daw Nyo Nyo Thin’s campaign promises have included supporting the NLD after the November 8 election

She decided to stand as an independent after her application to contest the election for the NLD was rejected by the party’s central election committee despite being earlier approved by its Yangon Region central executive committee.

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