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Attacked Myanmar candidate returns to campaign

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 01:29

A candidate running for an assembly seat in Myanmar resumes his campaign following an attack that has raised concerns about security. Diane Hodges reports.

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Injured but unbowed, Naing Ngan Lynn (OONG NAN LIHN) is back on the campaign trail. A local lawmaker running for a seat in the regional assembly, Lynn was injured when men wielding machetes attacked a campaign rally for the National League for Democracy last Thursday. Just released from hospital, Lynn says he's still looking for an explanation. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) NAING NGAN LYNN, SAYING: "It might be because some people don't understand how democracy works. Democracy here is still immature. There is a lot of competition." The attack has raised concerns about the security of all the candidates as the November 8 election approaches. The Carter Center, an American non-profit organization, will deploy 60 workers around the country to observe the election. Spokesman David Caroll says the signs are encouraging -- so far. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM CARTER CENTER, DAVID CARROLL, SAYING: "Transparency compared to, you know, a few years ago and the commitment that we have from the election commission - we have open access - is very encouraging, so we will see what happens on election day." The election will be the first free national poll since 1990. The N-L-D, led by Aung San Suu Kyi won it in a landslide, but the result was promptly rejected by the ruling military junta. Politicians, voters and observers this time will be watching the process closely to see if the election is truly free and fair.

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Attacked Myanmar candidate returns to campaign

Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 01:29