Myanmar state counsellor, president to represent Yangon constituencies in election

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint will take part in an upcoming general election by representing two constituencies of Yangon region, Zaw Myint Maung, vice chairman of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party told media on Thursday.

The state counsellor, in her capacity as the party's chairperson, will run for the election in Kawhmu township while the president will represent Tamwe township constituency of Yangon region, the party's spokesperson said.

Suu Kyi contested a seat in Lower House in the Kawhmu township in 2012 by-election and 2015 general election, while U Win Myint also won a seat in Lower House in Ayeyarwady region's Pathein constituency and was elected as member of parliament representing Yangon's Tamwe township in Lower House.

Over 1,100 representatives from the ruling NLD party will take part in the general election scheduled to be held on Nov. 8 this year, he said.

It was learnt that about 37 million people are eligible to vote in the November election and 97 political parties are registered to take part in the vote.

The five-year term of the incumbent NLD government will end in March 2021. 

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