Myanmar designates constituencies for Parliament
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 22:47
Yangon (Myanmar): Myanmar's Election Commission has designated constituencies for the national and regional parliaments, state media announced on Wednesday, moving a step closer toward the general election promised for sometime this year.

The country's ruling junta has yet to announce the date for the polls, the first since 1990 when the party of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi won a landslide victory but was not allowed to take power.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is boycotting the polls because of what it calls unfair and undemocratic election laws. It was disbanded in May because it refused to register.

State television announced that the Election Commission, the governing body for the polls, has designated constituencies for the two-chamber national Parliament, as well as regional parliaments.

Details were to be disclosed in state-run newspapers tomorrow.

The 440-member House of Representatives will have 330 elected civilians and 110 military representatives, while the 224-member House of Nationalities will seat 168 elected candidates and 56 nominated by the military chief.

Suu Kyi has told colleagues she suspects the reason the date for the polls has not yet been set is that "there could be some problems among them," meaning members of the ruling junta.

She made the remark during her meeting with her lawyers at her lakeside house today.


First Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 22:47

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