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Myanmar’s general elections end peacefully


Nay Pyi Taw:Myanmar’s general election ended peacefully on Sunday.

Polling stations closed at 4.00 p.m. (local times) and open counting of votes followed in the presence of contesting candidates, local and international observers and the public, Xinhua reported.

The Union Election Commission said it will officially release the election results starting Monday stage by stage.

In Sunday’s elections, 33.5 million eligible voters cast votes at more than 46,000 polling stations across the country.

Government leaders, parliament speakers, military leaders and party leaders were among those who enthusiastically cast their votes at polling booths scattered across constituencies in the nation.

A total of 6,038 candidates involving 91 political parties and 310 Independents contested for more than 1,000 seats at three levels of parliament in the elections.

Of the total, 1,733 candidates ran for seats of the House of Representatives (Lower House), 886 for the House of Nationalities (Upper House), 3,419 for regional or state parliaments.

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