Ruling party banks on development legacy

Friday marked the end of a 60-day election campaign period in Burma. The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has touted its development credentials over that period, staking its legacy on building works, from roads to agriculture to the restoration of holy sites.

The USDP’s message has caught on in rural areas in particular, where the party is seen by many as the best placed to meet local infrastructure needs.

The party has fought an uphill battle to match it with the enormous popularity of the National League for Democracy and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The USDP is seen as only requiring 26 percent of seats when it comes to the next parliament, as military representatives are guaranteed 25 percent of parliamentary seats. DVB speaks to USDP candidates and supporters across Burma, who believe that the party has done enough to win the minds of the people ahead of Sunday’s vote.

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