Myanmar poll to proceed as planned - election commission

2015-10-13 21:17
A supporter of Myanmar’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. (Aung Shine Oo, AP)

A supporter of Myanmar’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party. (Aung Shine Oo, AP)

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Bangkok - Myanmar's election commission said on Tuesday it will proceed with elections as planned next month, a reversal after a recent request to postpone polls. 

The Union Election Commission, the body responsible for organising elections in Myanmar, said on the state-run MRTV broadcaster late on Tuesday that it would proceed with elections on November 8 as planned. 

The body had earlier on Tuesday said it wanted to postpone next month's general election due to pervasive flooding and landslides throughout the country, which could prevent voters from reaching polling stations. 

The commission had urged the major political parties to agree to the postponement.

Four parties agreed to the postponement, including the ruling army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party.

But the National League for Democracy of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to accept the delay. It did not issue a statement explaining its decision.

Myanmar has experienced one of its worst monsoon seasons in 2015, with widespread flooding affecting over 1.5 million people, according to state media.

On Monday, heavy rains triggered mudslides which killed 17 people and forced the relocation of hundreds. 

Myanmar came under criticism in 2008 when the army went ahead with a nationwide referendum three weeks after Cyclone Nargis killed more than 100 000 people. 

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