Myanmar election: Counting underway after landmark polls

Naypyidaw/Yangon (Myanmar), Nov. 9 (ANI): Vote counting in Myanmar’s landmark election is underway with Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) expected to make big gains as its supporters show confidence.

In the many military compounds located in the state, soldiers seem to have favoured the vice president, though civilian voters seem to have plumped for the NLD, party agents said, reports Myanmar Times.

Millions of people voted in the historic election in Myanmar.

As counting got under way, early indications were of an “80 per cent” turnout, according to Union Election Commission deputy director Thant Zin Aung, a figure the opposition believes favours their bid for a majority, ABC News reported.

In the capital, Naypyidaw, military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said they would definitely accept it if the people chose the NLD.

Suu Kyi’s NLD believes a fair vote will power it into government after a decades-long struggle against army dictatorship.

But the Nobel Laureate is barred from the presidency by the army-scripted constitution and the NLD faces an uphill struggle because a quarter of seats are still reserved for the military. (ANI)

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