A Muslim man was attacked by Buddhist nationalists after a neighbour heard him talking about religion and told the Ma Ba Tha.
Fears of a return of religious violence, favours from the ruling party and a large army presence conspired to land the USDP a standout victory in Meikhtila.
Three leading political activists in Mandalay have each been sentenced to four months in prison for staging a peaceful protest without permission in March.
Court jailed farmers to five months in prison for trespassing and vandalism. Defendants say their lands were seized by senior officials in 1991.
Activists in Meikhtila who organised a prayer protest calling for non-violence to be shown towards education activists have been charged by local police.
WFP says it has cut its humanitarian aid to displaced persons in Meikhtila. BBC Burmese reports that it will further cut rice rations by 20 percent across the country.