Myanmar enters into pre-election period

16:00, August 13, 2010      

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With the official designation of Nov. 7 by the government-formed 17-member Union Election Commission on Friday as the date of holding the upcoming 2010 multi-party general election, Myanmar has started entering into a nearly three-month-long pre-election period.

The announcement of the election date 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 5 old parties left by the 1990 general election.

Another series of announcement of the commission on the same day 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.

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