Myanmar goes to historic polls

Millions travel to vote in landmark general election, first time ballot contested by opposition in 25 years

Myanmar goes to historic polls

World Bulletin / News Desk

Millions of people in Myanmar are flocking to polling stations countrywide to vote in a landmark general election, marking the first time a nationwide ballot has been contested by the opposition in 25 years.

The vote pits the National League for Democracy, the party of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party.

Early Sunday morning, crowds flocked to a polling station in Yangon, the commercial capital, to watch Suu Kyi cast her vote. 

Supporters chanted "Victory, victory, victory!" as she entered the polling station.

Despite widespread optimism, Suu Kyi has suggested that the poll is unlikely to be truly free and fair. 

"We have been very concerned by the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the UEC [Union Election Commission] to hold free and fair elections,” Suu Kyi told reporters Thursday.

"We have repeatedly made complaints about the way in which some parties and individuals have been breaking the rules and regulations laid down by the election commission, but very little action has been taken.”

Last Mod: 08 Kasım 2015, 09:53
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