The NLD held a press conference at noon on 20th February 2012 explaining difficulties and harassment during campaigns for the party to domestic and international presses and journalists at the headquarters of the NLD.
NLD patron U Tin Oo made some introductory remarks to reporters and then NLD Campaign Manager U Nyan Win explained difficulties regarding election campaigns. He said that NLD Chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi herself went for campaigns and faced some difficulties, inconveniences and harassment. For example, before campaign trip to Hlegu Township, authorities allowed football playing ground for public assembly but Union Minister for Sport suddenly refused to allow it only one day prior to the public speech.
Only after the NLD had complained to the Election Commission, the Commission allowed it to be used in consultation with some other authorities. In Pyapon, the Sport Minister again refused to allow the football playing ground, so the NLD had to move the public assembly to another place. He was wondering if Union Election Commission had to follow the order of a Union Minister.
In some constituencies, he heard about indecent campaign promises. For example, son of Union Minister U Tint San is contesting in Myaung Mya constituency and promised that he would build roads and schools if people vote for him.
In some constituencies, our candidates were personally discredited by calling wrong names. Now our chairperson is going to Kachin State and applied for permission to campaign in Namtee Town but refused by authorities for security reason. If so, we didn't understand the reasons why they are holding elections in insecure areas. And we had to raise a question about fairness of the elections. Then he introduced Dr. Myat Nyar Na Soe who became the first elected MP of NLD to reporters. After that, they took questions of reporters.
NLD patrons U Than Tun, Secretariat members U Ohn Kyaing and U Han Thar Myint also attended the press conference.