Myanmar opposition parties less hopeful after `foul play`

Pro-democracy parties which participated in Myanmar`s first election in 20 years complained of "foul play" at the polling booths, saying it had dimmed their earlier hopes of winning seats.

Last Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 23:08 PM IST

Yangon: Pro-democracy parties which
participated in Myanmar`s first election in 20 years
complained of "foul play" at the polling booths, saying
it had dimmed their earlier hopes of winning seats.

The National Democratic Force (NDF), created by former
members of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi`s party, initially
expressed optimism about its prospects of success in the
constituencies it contested, despite the flawed process.

But party chairman Than Nyein said today they had not
done as well as first thought in yesterday`s election.

"It`s very different from our expectation because of foul
play. We have our evidence. Some candidates complained...
because there was vote cheating," he said.

"We will denounce it after collecting some more
information from our people."

Thu Wai, chairman of the Democratic Party, also said the
results would be worse than expected, "not only because of the
advance votes, but also because we didn`t have representatives
at every polling station".

It is expected to be several more days before the
official results are announced.

The two parties had already accused the Union Solidarity
and Development Party (USDP) -- the regime`s political proxy
group which is widely expected to win -- of illegally
collecting advance ballots.

Both groups have also previously complained to local
media that they were struggling to find volunteers to man
polling stations, as allowed by the electoral laws, to ensure
fairness on voting day.

PTI