Myanmar announces Nov. 7 for general election

14:48, August 13, 2010      

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Myanmar's Union Election Commission Friday announced Nov. 7 for the 2010 multi-party general election.

The announcement came after the commission granted legal registration of a total of 40 political parties out of 47 which sought for entering the election. The remaining seven are awaiting for approval.

The 40 contesting political parties are made up of 35 new and five old parties left by the 1990 general election.

Another announcement of the commission said the registration of parliamentary candidates to contest in the election in terms of constituencies and parliaments at respective level will start on Aug. 16 and the closing date will be on Aug. 30.

The announcement added that Sept. 3 is also set as a deadline for those who want to withdraw the candidates.

Meanwhile, the commission has designated 330 constituencies for parliamentary house of representatives election and 12 constituencies for parliamentary house of nationalities election in each region or state across the country in running the forthcoming 2010 multi-party general election.

These constituencies are scattered in townships in Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine, Shan and Chin states, Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Bago, Magway, Ayeyawaddy, Yangon and Mandalay regions.

In March this year, Myanmar's ruling State Peace Development Council enacted a set of five electoral laws, namely Union Election Commission Law, Political Parties Registration Law, People's Parliament Election Law, Nationalities Parliament Election Law and Region or State Parliament Election Law.

As a follow-up, the SPDC formed the U-Thein-Soe-led 17-member Union Election Commission made up of SPDC-deemed esteemed persons to govern the holding of the upcoming general election, including registration matters of political parties taking part in the election.

Myanmar government announced a seven-step roadmap in August 2003 which mainly includes the reconvening of national convention, drafting of new state constitution, holding of national referendum on drafted constitution, sponsoring general election and formation of new civilian government.

Source: Xinhua


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