The Wa National Unity Party was founded by members of the former Wa National Development Party, which contested the 1990 general elections but did not win any seat.
The party sought to distance itself from the United Wa State Army - the heavily armed rebel group that controls northern Shan State’s Special Region 2 - in order to enter mainstream politics. There will be no voting in Special Region 2 in the Nov. 8 poll.
The party says it has 30,000 members among the ethnic Wa people and it is working together with the Nationalities Brotherhood Federation, an alliance of 23 ethnic political parties in Myanmar. It will contest 16 constituencies in the upcoming elections.
Address: No 36, Byuha Road, Zone 2, Ward 1 , Lashio Township, Shan State
Phone: 09 40374 2540, 082 239 83
Party leader: Nyi Palote (chairman)
Number of MPs:
State/Region parliament — 0
Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) — 0
Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) — 0
Number of candidates in 2015 elections: 16
State/region parliament — 10
Amyotha Hluttaw — 0
Pyithu Hluttaw — 6