August 19, 2016

UEC announces preliminary candidate lists

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The country’s two main political parties — the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and the opposition National League for Democracy — will each field more than 1,000 candidates in the 8 November general election.
According to preliminary candidate lists announced this week by the Union Election Commission, 93 political parties have nominated a total of 5,866 candidates. The ruling party accounts for 1,134 and the opposition 1,151, topping the candidate list.
The NLD did not take part in the previous general election won by the USDP in 2010.
Of the ruling party candidates, 318 will seek seats in the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House), 165 in the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) and 651 for region and state hluttaws.
NLD candidates will contest 325 seats of the Pyithu Hluttaw, 167 in the Amyotha Hluttaw and 659 for region and state hluttaws.
The National Union Party will field the third-highest number of candidates with 763 — 208 for the Pyithu Hluttaw, 98 for the Amyotha Hluttaw and 457 for region and state hluttaws.
The NUP fielded more than 900 candidates in the previous election but won only 17 seats.
Including 323 independents, the total number of candidates who have registered for the election stands at 6,189.
According to a UEC announcement last month, 330 constituencies will be contested in the Pyithu Hluttaw, 168 in the Amyotha Hluttaw, 644 for region and state Hluttaws and 29 for national race representatives.
The UEC is currently scrutinizing the nomination of candidates from the political parties, and a list of candidates who have passed the scrutiny process is expected to be announced late 27 August.


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