EU urges all sides to accept Myanmar vote

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the vote is a 'historic milestone on the country's road to democracy'

EU urges all sides to accept Myanmar vote

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Union on Monday urged all sides to accept the results of Myanmar's election, in whichAung San Suu Kyi's party hopes for major gains to carry it to power after decades of military dominance.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the vote was a "historic milestone on the country's road to democracy" and said it was contested in an "overall calm, peaceful and organised way".

"The impressive turnout on the election day bears testimony to the commitment of Myanmar's voters to the continued democratisation of the country," Mogherini said in a statement.

"In the post-elections period, it will be critical for all sides to accept the results in a spirit of national unity and reconciliation."

EU election observers will give their preliminary findings on the vote on Tuesday, she added.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has said the opposition was on track to win more than 70 percent of seats around the country.

President Thein Sein and the still-powerful army chief have both vowed to respect the outcome of the election -- even if the main military-backed USDP party loses its choke-hold on power.

A win for the NLD would a dramatic leap forward for the Southeast Asian nation, which suffered for decades under the iron grip of a junta that kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for years.

More place for Muslim vote

With the EU officials elated over the results, they also underlined that future polls could be improved by including more female and Muslim candidates.

While Chief Observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff told international media gathered at a press conference in Yangon on Tuesday that the poll was well organised and voters had a real choice between different candidates, other observers underlined difficulties.

"We trust that the newly-elected government will improve the democratic governance of the country and will promote a more inclusive society by addressing the increase in religious extremism and radical room and its impact on certain minorities and ethnic groups, in particular Muslim citizens, and specifically the Rohingya," said European Parliament member Ana Gomes.

Dozens of Muslims were barred from running in the Nov. 10 election on dubious citizenship grounds, while hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were disenfranchised earlier this year.

 

Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2015, 09:22
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