Update November 7, 2015

Dhaka 11-31 am, 01-October, 2020

Myanmar prepares to vote tomorrow

Sumel Sarker

A polling station is ready for voting inside a school before Myanmar's general election in Yangon November 7, 2015. Myanmar heads to the polls on Nov. 8.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Myanmar prepares to vote tomorrow

07 November 2015, Nirapad News: Final preparations were underway Saturday for Myanmar’s first meaningful election in a generation, the day before the historic poll that could see Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition launched to power after decades of army rule.

Her National League for Democracy party is tipped to emerge as the largest party in parliament, a result that would upend Myanmar’s political landscape, which has been dominated by the military since independence.

President Thein Sein, a former general who has led reforms since the sudden end of outright junta rule in 2011, insists his government — and the powerful army — will respect the outcome of the vote.

Authorities have computerised the electoral roll for the first time in an effort to ensure a free and fair vote across a vast, poor country.

Thein Sein has also urged the public to cast their ballots in an election trailed as the centrepiece of reforms.

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