Over 900 parliamentary seats filled by representatives-elect so far with Myanmar election results

12:24, November 13, 2010      

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A total of 949 parliamentary seats at three levels were filled by representatives-elect compiled up to present's four series of election results made public by the union election commission.

Of the total, the seats of house of representatives account for 262, while those of the house of nationalities 31 and those of region or state parliament 547.

Of the 949 parliamentary seats at the three levels, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDA), led by Prime Minister U Thein Sein, is set to sweep 733, taking up 77.2 percent, in which the party occupies 215 seats or 82 percent with the house of representatives, 106 seats or 80 percent with the house of nationalities and 412 seats or 75.3 percent with the seats of region or state parliament.

The USDP is followed by the National Unity Party (NUP) with 44 seats, in which the part shares eight with the house of representatives, one with the house of nationalities and 35 with the region or state parliament.

The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) took up 51 seats, in which 17 with the house of representatives, two with the house of nationalities and 32 with the region or state parliament.

The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party held 35 seats with only the region or state parliament, while the National Democratic Force (NDF) and the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) each with 16 at three levels of parliament.

Some minor number of seats were won by other parties which fielded a lesser number of candidates for the election.

According to party sources, the USDP fielded 1,100 candidates, NUP 975, NDF 160 and Shan Nationals Democratic Party (SNDP) 157 for contesting a total of over 1,100 parliamentary seats at all levels in the election.

In addition to the elected parliament representatives through the general election, there reserves an equal number of one-third of the total number of parliamentary seats at each level by representatives from the military personnel nominated by the commander-in-chief of the defense services.

The USDP, claimed as having a membership of 16-18 million, was transformed from the previous Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) operating under the name of a social organizations which came into being in 1993, while the NUP is a party reorganized from the previous government's disbanded single ruling Myanmar Socialist Program Party and the NDF is a break-away party from the disbanded National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

In the Nov. 7 general election, a total of 29 million population across the nation were set as eligible to cast ballots.

Nationally, a total of over 3,000 parliamentary candidates from 37 political parties including 82 independents took part in the competition across the country's seven regions and seven ethnic states.

Source: Xinhua


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