Myanmar Election day set on November 8
An electoral official counts the ballots at a polling station in Tarmwe township in Yangon during the 2018 by-elections. Photo: Nyan Zay Htet/The Myanmar Times
NAY PYI TAW – The Union Election Commission (UEC) has set Myanmar’s general elections for November 8.
It said polling precincts would be open in all townships, even in areas considered conflict zones and self-administered regions.
It said 330 seats would be contested in the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) and 168 in the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House), or 12 for each state and region.
The polling body said that 644 regular seats and 29 for ethnic minorities would be contested in state and regional parliaments.
In addition, the UEC also set the duration for the nomination of MPs’ names, which will be from June 20 until August 10. The commission will review the names of the MPs from August 11-17.
More than 37 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, according to the UEC, and 97 parties are eligible to field candidates. Of the 97 parties, 79 will contest seats nationwide, while 18 will focus on only one region or state.
The UEC has yet to form election commissions in self-administrative areas like Mine Lar and Wa regions, which are run by ethnic armed groups.
The polls are expected to test the ability of the State Counsellor to lead her party to a convincing victory despite heavy criticism by the international community over her handling of the humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine State.
Some foreign and local observers also said the NLD would be hampered by its poor handling of the economy.
The 2015 elections were the first free elections in the country after more than half a century of military rule.
Myanmar’s democratic transition began with the election in 2010 of U Thein Sein of the Union Solidarity and Development Party with the support of the Tatmadaw (military). He introduced economic liberalisation and political reforms that paved the way for the first free elections in 2015, which Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won by a landslide.
The NLD took over the government in 2016, the first civilian government in Myanmar since Tatmadaw General Ne Win seized power in 1962.
Source: THE MYANMAR TIMES,MYANMAR Wed, July 01, 2020