Myanmar opposition says panel delaying results

2015-11-10 08:06
Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party gather outside the NLD headquarters in Yangon. (Romeo Gacad, AFP)

Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party gather outside the NLD headquarters in Yangon. (Romeo Gacad, AFP)

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Yangon - Myanmar's opposition party spokesperson has accused the government's election commission of intentionally delaying results from Sunday's vote.

National League for Democracy party spokesperson Win Htein told reporters on Tuesday that it appears the Union Election Commission wants to "maybe play a trick or something".

The commission has released very few results from Sunday's general election, which the NLD appears to have swept. The party led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has released its own tallies from four states, which show it to be heading for a massive victory.

The trend was expected to continue in Myanmar's remaining 10 states, indicating that the military-backed ruling Union Solidarity Development Party is facing a rout.

Win Htein said: "It doesn't make sense that they are releasing the result little piece by piece. It shouldn't be like that."

White House

Many people in the streets of Yangon were sitting on sidewalks, in rickshaws or on front porches reading morning newspapers splashed with Aung San Suu Kyi's picture, as the nation awaited final confirmation of her election victory.

The front pages were another reflection of the massive changes in this long-repressed country: During the junta's rule, photos of Suu Kyi were banned from media.

Tuesday's headline in the Daily Eleven Newspaper read: "NLD is winning as the people are willing to change this country," a reference to the main opposition party led by Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy.

Than Yin, a 74-year-old sitting on his porch in Yangon, said he was too frail to join the crowds waiting to see Suu Kyi in person, but reading the newspaper was exciting.

"I am old but I want change," he said.

The White House congratulated Myanmar on its historic election, but says "more work needs to be done" on its road to democracy.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest says the contest was a "meaningful, competitive election" and an "important step in Burma's democratic reform process."

He says the White House is encouraged by signs of broad participation among women, young people and ethnic minorities.

But in a statement to reporters, Earnest noted "structural and systemic flaws" in Myanmar's system, pointing to laws that appear to be directly aimed at barring Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.

Earnest says, "There are some imperfections -- to put it mildly. There's also no denying the rather dramatic change we've seen inside of Burma."


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