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Myanmar prepares for historic election

Friday, November 06, 2015 - 01:14

Polling station officials and volunteers prepare for the November 8 vote as campaining draws to a close. Julie Noce reports

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Ballot boxes are moved into a school in Yangon in Myanmar ahead of Sunday's historic parliamentary election . It will be the first general election since a semi-civilian government took power in 2011 after nearly 50 years of military dictatorship. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is currently the frontrunner but has been banned from becoming president by the country's constitution. If her National League of Democracy party does win, Suu Kyi said another party member would act as president and that she would be above the president. Suu Kyi said reports of voter fraud and intimidation in advanced voting has already tainted what many people hope will the country's first credible election since 1990. About 150 election observers from the European Union will be on site to oversee the process. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHIEF OBSERVER ALEXANDER GRAF LAMBSDORFF SAYING: "We observed the advance voting today, we will observe the voting on polling day itself and we will be present of course for the counting and for the results as that is part of the electoral process as well" Around 30 million of Myanmar's population of 51 million is registered to vote.

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Myanmar prepares for historic election

Friday, November 06, 2015 - 01:14