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Counting of votes in Myanmar in progress
In Myanmar, where the voter participation in the first free parliamentary elections in a quarter hundred was more than 80 per cent, the count is under way. Around 32 million individuals were enrolled to stand for elections to the country's federal and state parliaments from more than 6,000 nominees.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's most prominent constituent and contender, the National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman, was on Sunday crowded by several hundred campaign supporter and journalist at the ballot box near her home in Bahan, Yangon. After the vote, the NLD issued a declaration urging its followers to wait for the results within their own four walls and to quietly agree to the result.
US Secretary of State John Kerry complimented the Burmese tribe, also known as Burma, and called the vote "a testimony to the bravery and sacrifices shown by the Burmese nation over many years. "He said that the polls were "an important leap forward", although they were "anything but perfect". "The Union Election Commission (UEC) is to publish six formal tables a week by next Sunday, starting Monday mornings.
Alexander Lambsdorff, the European Union's head electoral monitor in the state, was optimistic early in the morning, but added that the elections were not free of "mistakes or shortcomings". "The EU-teams are planning to stay in Myanmar for a whole weekend. "It is important that we see this vote within a context that is not fully democratic," said former Irish Chair Mary Robinson in collaboration with the Carter Center.
In Rakhine, million more have been deprived of their rights for want of nationality and other causes, among them Rohingya Muslims. The number of electorates lacking in the electoral centres is not yet known, but an observation group, the Asian Network for Free Elections, described this as its main objective.
It is Myanmar's first choice since the establishment of a nominal civil rule in 2011, one year after Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the Myanmar National League for Democracy, was released from her home detention and a prohibition of her National League for Democracy was lift. While Aung San Suu Kyi and her political group achieved an overwhelming win in 1990, they were hindered from taking over.
It is hoped that the NLD will once again do well against the Union Solidarity and Development Partie - USDP - which is supported by the mighty Armed Forces. Its governing coalition denies the elections with one decisive advantage: 25 per cent of parliamentary seat are reserved for the armed forces.
The British Embassador to Myanmar, Julian Braithwaite, said: "A referendum that is trustworthy, comprehensive, open and representative of the will of the nation would be a permanent heritage for the present administration. In the US State Department, State Department spokesperson John Kirby said important US officials are keeping a close eye on the election as an index for Myanmar's progression from junta rule to democratization.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power published a statement that considered the vote as a "step that seemed impossibility just five years ago". "Amnesty International said that the detention of non-violent protesters, freedom of expression and other forms of discriminatory treatment of minorities are a serious issue that undermines the elections there.
Burma's policy analysts say the NLD must occupy 67 per cent of Sunday's general elections to break the military's dual-chamber legislative power known as Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, who elects the US presidential. As Aung San Suu Kyi, who called on all participants in the general elections to make the elections free, easy and free, is hindered from becoming prime minister, even if her side is successful.
The deceased spouse of Aung San Suu Kyi was a Briton, as were her two orphans. "Aung San Suu Kyi cannot help us. That' Ma Win Mai, a townsman from Sake Gyi on the border of Yangon, said at a rally kept Friday by the government-organized USDP.
Your comments have worried some commentators, not only in Myanmar. Myanmar, a former UK settlement, was insulated from most parts of the rest of the rest of the world after General Ne Win launched a 1962 coup d'état that abolished the country's constitutional system with the Buddhist minority and its democracy regime. Mr Zinlat Aung and Mr Su Htwe Aung have helped to produce this work.