Wold Media: Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has fixed Nov. 8 as the date for the general election, which will be the first held under a civilian government in six decades. Myanmar currently has 94 registered political parties. They will vie for a total of 1,171 seats that are up for grabs in both Houses of the Union Parliament and in the state and regional legislatures.
President U Win Myint and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, both of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), will also contest the nationwide poll. The NLD took office in 2016 after beating the then-ruling USDP, formed by ex-generals, in an electoral landslide in 2015. The current NLD-led government’s tenure ends on March 31.
According to the UEC, over 37 million people in Myanmar will be eligible to vote. The voter list doesn’t yet include soldiers and their families.