Yangon: Myanmar will hold a general election on Nov. 8, a top election commission official said on Wednesday, its first nationwide ballot since the military ended its 49-year direct rule of the country.
The election will decide on representatives of the bicameral national parliament and regional legislative chambers. The upper and lower houses nominate and vote on a president at a later date.
The Nov. 8 date was confirmed by Nyunt Tin, a director of the Union Election Commission, when contacted by Reuters. He said the poll would be officially announced on state television on Wednesday evening.
Myanmar`s last election was held under military rule in November 2010 and was condemned widely by critics as being flawed and rigged to favour a party stacked with retired military officers and remnants of the regime.
The poll was boycotted by the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi was under house arrest at the time. The NLD won the last free and fair election in 1990 but the result was ignored by the ruling junta.