Schedule set for 2015 Myanmar general elections

Yangon, Jan 6 (IANS) Myanmar’s Union Election Commission has initially slated late October or early November for holding the 2015 general elections, according to an announcement of the commission published Tuesday without giving any specific date.

The commission is compiling the basic voters list for the upcoming elections, Xinhua reported citing the statement
Before the 2015 general elections, a nationwide referendum has been planned in May to adopt a draft constitution amendment.
Myanmar last held its general elections Nov 7, 2010 when the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) won the majority with its chairman U Thein Sein elected as the country’s president to lead the civilian government after five decades of military rule.
On April 1, 2012, a first by-elections were held in which the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won 43 out of 45 then open parliamentary seats with its chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi occupying a seat in the House of Representatives or the lower house of parliament.

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