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Election campaign helps raise Myanmar people's political awareness: Suu Kyi

(Xinhua)

16:17, March 30, 2012

YANGON, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), said on Friday that her party's recent election campaign has raised the political awareness of the country's people.

Telling about 500 international and local reporters as well as diplomats and invited foreign observers at her Yangon residence two days ahead of the April 1 by-elections, Aung San Suu Kyi said although her party is endeavoring to win the majority of the parliamentary seats in the election, she would rather be satisfied with the gaining of increased political awareness of the people, citing the mass support of them, young and old, during her party's campaign tour.

Despite some disruptions and hindrances which were experienced in the campaign tour, she insisted on taking part in the by- elections as scheduled.

She stressed the need for the armed forces to stay behind and support the reform process.

She underscored that the upcoming by-elections show the willingness of both the government and her party to work together with open mind and mutual respect for the future prosperity and development of the country, adding that the by-elections will not only elect parliament members but they will define the very nature of how they work together towards national reconciliation.

She pointed out that the entire electoral process would judge if it is a free, fair and just election, adding that the voting itself is not sufficient indicator.

According to Suu Kyi, 44 candidates of her party would compete in 44 constituencies and she would personally compete for a vacant seat of parliamentary House of Representative available with the Kawhmu township constituency in Yangon region.

According to the commission, a total of 157 candidates from 17 political parties will run for the by-elections.

Of the 157 candidates, 129 will contest for 37 seats of the House of Representatives, while 22 candidates for 6 seats of the House of Nationalities and 6 candidates for 2 seats of the Region or State parliament.

According to the foreign ministry, the results of the by- elections will be released within a week after the by-elections.

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