This morning at 9am local time, Burma’s electoral commission announced another batch of general election results, declaring 27 seats in the Lower House of Parliament, and outcomes for 52 regional and state assembly seats.
Of the 27 constituencies called for the Lower House, 10 were from Shan State, with a smattering of others from across the country, including Chin, Rangoon, Pegu, Karen and Kachin regions.
The message is again clear: voters have put their faith in Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). Of the 27 seats, the NLD took 17; the USDP, six; Pa-O National Organization, two; Ta-ang National Party, one; and Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), one.
The NLD now has won an unsurpassable 273 seats in the Lower House, where 330 constituencies are being contested. The USDP has claimed just 27 seats, with the next highest party being the SNLD with 12 seats to date.
With 319 of 330 constituencies declared, the NLD will hold a convincing majority in the Lower House, or House of Representatives, when it sits in March. Even with the inclusion of 110 military appointees in the chamber, the NLD will have at least a 62 percent majority (ie: 273 of 440 representatives).
Last night, 54 regional seats were called, of which the NLD won 45. At this morning’s 9am announcement in Naypyidaw, another 52 seats were declared. The NLD won 34; the USDP, nine; and SNLD, six. The Kokang Democracy and Unity Party won another seat; while the Democracy Party-Myanmar also took a seat, as did the All Mon Region Democracy Party.
Again, the message from voters was clear – even in ethnic areas, the NLD has trounced every other political party.
With the Lower House already secured, Suu Kyi’s party simply requires an additional eight seats in the Upper chambers to declare a majority in both Houses.
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