Suu Kyi wins Myanmar by-elections

April 1st, 2012 - 7:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Yangon, April 1 (IANS) Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Sunday won the parliamentary by-elections, securing a seat in Myanmar’s lower house, the party announced.

The 66-year-old Suu Kyi won 75 percent of the ballot in Kawhmu Township constituency near Yangon, Xinhua reported.

A total of 157 candidates from 17 parties contested the polls for 45 vacant seats in nine regions.

Over 150 observers from the European Union, the US, Canada, Australia, India and Asean monitored the exercise.

The result was made available a few hours after polling closed at 4 p.m. It was followed by counting of votes in the presence of polling officers, candidates’ election agents and 10 witnesses from the public.

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