Myanmar’s population has voted overwhelmingly for the National League for Democracy (NLD), while observations announce the electoral process to be a success.
The EU mission that observed Myanmar’s 8 November elections stated that the polls were well-run.
“EU observers reported that the voters of Myanmar turned out in large numbers and calmly cast their votes in a generally, well-run process,” chief observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff told reporters in Yangon. “The process went better than many expected beforehand.”
Graf Lambsdorff added that 95 percent of the observers rated the process “good” or “very good”.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is on track to take more than two-third of the seats in the country’s lower house.
“The times are different, the people are different,” Aung San Suu Kyi said in an interview with the BBC. “I find the people are far more politicised now than they were back, not just in 1990, but much more politicised than they were in 2012, when we campaigned for the by-election, and very much more alert to what it going on around them.”
Although she is barred by the constitution from taking the presidency herself, Aung San Suu Kyi has already announced that she will be the real power behind the throne.
The US gave a cautious welcome to the election. Daniel Russel, the US assistant secretary of state for east Asia, said, “this was a hell of a step forward for the democratic process in Burma … Now comes the hard part.”