Myanmar to hold free and fair election: election commission

20:25, October 18, 2010      

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Chairman of the Myanmar Union Election Commission U Thein Soe said on Monday that the country will hold a free and fair multi-party general election set for Nov. 7.

U Thein Soe made the remarks at the first ever press conference of the commission held in the new capital with the presence of foreign diplomats and newsmen.

He said the commission has made full preparations for the polls and people can freely cast votes.

Foreign diplomats and United Nations officials stationed in Myanmar will be allowed to observe the polling process, he said, stressing that there is no need for the presence of other foreign observers.

According to U Thein Soe, there will be 3,071 parliamentary candidates, of whom 82 are individuals.

He added that there are over 1,000 parliamentary seats at different levels and 54 candidates do not require to contest in some townships where there is only one candidate registered for polling according to the election law.

A total of 37 political parties are to contest in the election, he disclosed.

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