Floods hamper election education

Civic organisations that have been carrying out election education programs told the Daily Eleven that it has been difficult for them to carry out their programs in flood-affected areas since the end of last month.

Public interest in the release of the final voter list by the Union Election Commission (UEC) has also shrunk, the civic organisations say.

UEC chairman Tin Aye previously said a full basic voter list would be released at the end of August.

Suu Kyi campaigns for NLD in Magway

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi campaigned for her party on August 9 in front of the Minthida Hotel in Minbu City, Magway Region.

Suu Kyi met with fellow candidates from Magway Region and was received by over a thousand residents of Minbu. She assured her audience that the NLD is ready to tackle the problems faced by over 51 million citizens and that the party's over 1,000 candidates are under control.

Suu Kyi calls for NLD unity


Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), warned candidates not to create disunity within the party to ensure victory in the November 8 general election.

Suu Kyi was speaking to candidates for 14 townships in Bago Region and members of her election committee at the Grand Grace Hotel in Taungoo on August 8.

President meets ethnic leaders

The Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and ethnic armed commanders met in Yangon on August 6 and 7 to discuss the drafting of the nationwide ceasefire agreement. 

No final decision was made on what armed groups would be included in the ceasefire so further meetings are planned. It remains the only area left to be agreed.

Firebrand to run as independent after NLD snub

YANGON – Outspoken Yangon regional MP Dr Nyo Nyo Thin says she will compete as an independent in her Bahan constituency in the November 8 election and continue to support the National League for Democracy despite being snubbed by the party.

Speaking at the Myanmar Journalist Network, she said: “I feel very shameful that I’m holding a press conference on my personal affairs while the country is undergoing many inauspicious events.

88 leader won’t run in election

Ko Ko Gyi from the 88 Generation Open and Peace Society is not going to run in the November 8 election in order to prevent splitting the democratic vote. 

He proposed to run for the Lower House in South Okkalapa representing the National League for Democracy. However, he was not included in the NLD’s candidate list. 

Suu Kyi returns to campaign trail

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to Oaktwin residents (Photo – Zaw Win Chit)

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she needs votes in the November 8 election before she can help people. 

Speaking in Pyinpongyi, Bago Region, on August 7, she said: "I don't divide people into good and bad or clever and stupid. There is only one difference. That is people who can be taught and people who can’t. Nothing will come from people who cannot be taught. I don’t mean academic learning but life lessons from experience. I am very glad to join hands with that kind of person. 

USDP tops candidate nominations

The number of candidates submitted to contest the November 8 election reached 2,618 on August 5, according to the Union Election Commission.

A total of 64 political parties have submitted candidates: 748 for the Lower House, 355 for the Upper House, 1,428 for regional/state parliaments and 87 seats for national ethnic ministerial positions.

Ethnic leader demands inclusive peace deal

Colonel Sai La of the Restoration Council of Shan State says it is vital to involve all ethnic armed groups in signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement. The colonel met President Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on August 3 and 4.

UEC boss says floods won’t stop election

The November 8 election will not be postponed, despite a provision in the Constitution to delay a poll in the event of a disaster, according to the Ministry of Information

Union Election Commission (UEC) chairperson Tin Aye met UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.