YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s ruling National Democratic League Party said on Monday it has won enough seats in the National Assembly to gain an absolute majority and maintain power. It issued a statement although the State Union Election Commission has yet to release its full results from Sunday’s election.
Monywa Aung Shin, spokesman for the NLD information committee, said: “I can now confirm that we are securing more than 322 seats. There are 642 seats in Congress.
“We have set a target of securing 377 seats in total. But maybe more than that, ”said Monywa Aung Shin.
There are no reliable official voter turnout figures, and the Coalition Election Commission earlier said it could take about a week to release full results. By 8 p.m. on Monday, it had announced the names of just nine candidates who had won seats in the National Assembly, all of which belonged to the NLD.
Yway Mal, an independent vote counting service, said the NLD won 64 seats and its main rival, the Solidarity Party and Alliance Development, won seven seats.
PACE, one of the largest poll tracking organizations in Myanmar, said that for nearly a third of the polls it tracks, a handful people cannot vote because their name is not on the electoral roll.
But the group described the vote on a peaceful election day and said no major incidents were recorded.
An NLD win was expected by many, although it is speculated that its deteriorating relationship with ethnic minority parties, whom it cooperated in the last election in 2015. , can reduce its total.
Much of the NLD’s appeal is based on the popularity of its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who became head of government as a state adviser after the 2015 poll.
Her administration’s profile is most mixed, with unexpected economic growth and no end to decades-long armed conflict with minorities seeking great autonomy. than.
But among her fellow countrymen, she managed to retain the charisma she built in decades of fighting for democracy against the military dictatorships before her.
Outside Myanmar, her reputation declined due to her failure to protect the human rights of the country’s Muslim minority Rohingya. Her supporters abroad were shocked to find that she did nothing during the brutal 2017 anti-insurgency campaign by the Myanmar army, causing some 740,000 Rohingya to flee across the border to neighboring Bangladesh.
But this issue is of little concern to voters, given the deep stereotype against the Rohingya, whom many consider illegal immigration from South Asia even though their families have lived. in Myanmar for generations. Very few people have citizenship or citizenship, including the right to vote.
Ms. Suu Kyi over the past few months has shown a strong image of leadership in state media and in live social media appearances as Myanmar is facing the rise of cases. coronavirus infection.
At the same time, many traditional campaigns, such as mass rallies, have been constrained by restrictions in place to control the spread of the virus.
More than 90 parties ran for the election and 37 million people were eligible to vote, including 5 million first-time voters.
Suu Kyi’s NLD in 2015 won a resounding victory, won an absolute majority and ended more than five decades of military-led rule.
Her government has drawn criticism from human rights groups for how it conducts elections, focusing on the deprivation of the Rohingya minority.
“A core principle of voting under international law is universal and equal suffrage and that is not what happened yesterday,” said Ismail Wolff, regional director at Fortify Rights. a statement released on Monday. “The international community must decisively condemn the deprivation of the rights of the Rohingya and other minorities or risk paving the way for future violations.”
Other concerns include the government’s continued repression of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of actors and activists, the group said. Civil.