Parliamentary candidates from the ruling National League for Democracy and the major opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party started their election campaigns on September 6 in Yangon's Tamway Township, the constituency of incumbent President Win Myint.
Canvassing started before the by-election due to be held this year. The campaign motto of the USDP is "It's time to consider" while that of the NLD is "Let's vote for NLD to continue changes together with the people". Both sides went round by car in the township holding placards reading such mottos.
USDP candidate Myo Win Kyaw said voters needed to select candidates that are capable of serving the best interests of the people with patience and sacrifice by sidelining voting through their emotions. He stressed the need to consider whether the candidates they choose would really serve the interests of the people.
"We have learned that our people cast their votes through their political emotions. If focused in on such feelings, it is the people that will suffer. If the party they chose was not able to serve the interests of the country, it would be the voters only who will have to suffer. This is why our motto is "It's time consider," said Myo Kyaw Win.
There are 13 vacant constituencies for by-election. But, USDP can compete only in 10 constituencies because three others are for ethnic parties. NLD will be competing in all those vacant constituencies.
There are 69 parliamentary candidates from various political parties including independent candidates.
The Union Election Commission has allowed political parties to canvass for votes for 60 days from September 3 to November 1.