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Sporadic but sometimes fierce fighting has been waged in Kachin state between government troops and ethnic Kachin rebels, who have long sought more autonomy and have faced increased repression in the past year.

“The authorities said they will not give permission for the NLD to campaign in Namti village because of security reasons. If security in the region is good enough for the government to hold elections, then it is inappropriate to ban organizational activity based on security grounds,” Nyan Win said.

Nyan Win said the party would now be allowed to campaign in Namti. Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Kachin State this Thursday and Friday on an organizational trip.