Yangon, 15 November (IANS). Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, won a majority by winning 920 seats in the general elections. It was announced by the Central Election Commission (UEC) on Sunday.
There were 5,639 candidates in the election for 1,117 parliamentary seats. It consisted of 315 seats of the lower house, 161 seats of the upper house, 612 seats of regional or state parliaments and 29 seats belonged to the ethnic minority.
On Sunday morning, the UEC announced the winning of 920 candidates out of 1,106 candidates fielded by the NLD party after the counting of votes. These include 258 seats of the lower house, 138 seats of the upper house, 501 of the regional or state parliaments and 23 ethnic minority seats.
At the same time, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) fielded 1,089 candidates, out of which only 71 won. The remaining seats were won by other political parties and independents.
Presidents U Win Mint and Suu Kyi won the elections for the lower house, while Vice President Henry Van Theo won the seat of the upper house of parliament. This was the third general election in the country under the 2008 Constitution.
SDJ / SGK