Myanmar calls off parliamentary by-elections



Myanmar has called off an election scheduled for the end of this year to fill 35 vacated seats in Parliament.

This was announced by the Union Election Commission in Yangon on Sunday.

Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye said that the election would be canceled because the commission did not have enough time to prepare and because the results would not have any political significance.

Meanwhile, Nyan Win, a senior official and Central Executive Committee of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), says his party has agreed with the decision.

The NLD swept to a landslide victory in the first by-elections held on April 1, 2012, taking 43 out of 44 open seats and making NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi a member of the Lower House.


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