Rohingya political parties prepare for the 2020 election

Rohingyas are an ethnic Muslim Community from Arakan (Rakhine) State.

Rohingya have been in Arakan since the 8th century and Arakan was an independent and separate from Burma (Myanmar) until she was invaded by the Burman.

The Rohingyas had their ‘right to vote’ from 1936 to 2010 Myanmar general election. They had also ‘right to represent’ and many of the Rohingyas were represented till 2010.

However, before the 2015 general election, some Rakhine nationalist leaders like Aye Maung brought a bill to the parliament that disenfranchised the Rohingya’s right to vote.

However, this year Democracy and Human Right party (DHRP) and National Democratic Party for Development (NDPD) are preparing to stand for the 2020 general election.

DHRP is planning to nominate 26 candidates to campaign in Yangon and Arakan state. “Seven candidates will stand for Maungdaw district, four candidates will compete for the Sittwe district and five candidates will stand in Yangon representing DHRP,” said Kyaw Soe Aung, General secretary of DHRP.