Party expects to win majority of vacant seats: NLD Spokesperson



The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to win the majority of vacant constituencies in the upcoming by-elections, said its spokesperson Dr Myo Nyunt.

The NLD will compete in all vacant constituencies in the coming by-elections scheduled for November 3 this year.

The by-elections will be held in 13 vacant constituencies. From July 9 to 22, the Union Election Commission (UEC) will announce the lists of eligible voters at respective sub-commission offices. From July 2 to 11, 24 political parties submitted their candidates. The number of candidates including seven independent candidates has reached 69, according to the UEC.

The opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) will not run for some vacant constituencies in states. The USDP has submitted 10 candidates, according to the USDP’s officials.

Four vacant constituencies for lower house parliament are: Kanpetlet, Lechar, Tamwe and Myingyan. One vacant constituency for upper house parliament is Myitkyina constituency-2.

Vacant constituencies for region and state parliaments are: Matupi, Tamu, Ottwin, Thabeikkyin, Yathaedaung, Minbu, Seikkan and Shan National Affairs constituency in Mandalay.

Dr Yan Myo Thein, a political analyst said: “Ethnic parties may win vacant seats in Rakhine and Shan. I think the NLD will surely win at least six out of 13 vacant constituencies. Competitions for vacant seats in Shan National Affairs constituency in Mandalay and Kanpetlet and Tamu constituencies in Chin will be stiff.