Burma Times Desk Report: July 09, 2015
The date for the much-anticipated election has been set at November 8, according to Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC). Despite a playing field heavily tilted in favour of the military backed reformist regime, this is the first time in more than two decades a competitive election is taking place amidst much excitement both locally and internationally.
The main opposition party NLD which commands wide support among much of the populace has however not confirmed its participation. Without the participation of the NLD, the election will lose significance. The leader of the party Aung Saan Suu Kyi is barred from standing as president.
Meanwhile recent reports indicate reformist president Thein Sein might stand for another term.
Altogether 1,171 seats will be contested between the Union Parliament and regional legislatures.