Yangon, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy Party said on Monday that it had won enough seats in parliament to constitute an absolute majority and retain power. It claimed even though the State Union Election Commission has not released the full results from Sunday’s election.
“I can now confirm that we are now getting more than 322 seats,” said Monywa Aung Shin, spokesperson of the NLDC committee. There are 642 seats in the Parliament.
“We aimed to secure a total of 377 seats. But it will likely be more than that, ”said Moniwa Aung Shin.
No credible official data about voter turnout were available, and the Central Election Commission previously stated that it could take up to a week to release the full results. As of 8 pm on Monday night, it announced the names of only nine candidates belonging to the NLD who won seats in the national parliament.
The Independent Vote Counting Service, Yale Maal, said the NLD won 64 seats and its main rival, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, won seven seats.
People’s Alliance for Reliable Elections – One of the largest voting organizations in Myanmar, PACE said that about one-third of polling stations were monitored, with fewer numbers unable to cast ballots because they were not named in the voting list.
But the group called the election day polling as peaceful and said no major incident was recorded.
A victory was widely expected by the NLD, although it was speculated that the deterioration of its ties with ethnic minority-based parties, with which it had collaborated in the last election in 2015, could cut its totals is.
Much of the NLD’s appeal is based on the popularity of its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who became head of government with the title of state counselor after the 2015 elections.
His administration’s record is well blended, with economic growth falling short of expectations and no end to the decades-old armed conflict demanding greater autonomy.
But among his countrymen, he has retained the appeal to fight for democracy against decades of military dictatorship.
Outside of Myanmar, his reputation took a dive in response to his failure to protect the human rights of the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Its foreign supporters were surprised that it did nothing about the brutal 2017 countersigns campaign of Myanmar’s military, which forced 740,000 Rohingya to flee across the border into neighboring Bangladesh.
But the issue was of little concern to most voters because of the deep-seated bias against the Rohingya, who many consider to be illegal immigrants from South Asia, had their families lived in Myanmar for generations. Some people have citizenship or civil rights, including the right to vote.
Suu Kyi has projected a strong image of leadership in the state media over the past few months and social media exposure has seen Myanmar witness an increase in coronovirus infections.
At the same time, many traditional promotions, such as mass rallies, were subjected to restrictions imposed to control the spread of the virus.
More than 90 parties contested and 37 million people were eligible for ballots, including first-time voters.
In 2015 Suu Kyi’s NLD won a landslide victory, giving it an absolute majority and ending more than five decades of military-guided rule.
His government criticized rights groups for conducting the election with a focus on the disintegration of the Rohingya minority.
“One of the core principles of election under international law is universal and equal suffrage and what happened yesterday is not,” Ismail Wolfe, regional director of Fortite Rights, said in a statement released on Monday. “The international community must disproportionately condemn the disintegration of the Rohingya and other ethnic nationalities and pave the way for future violations.”
The group added, “Other concerns include the government’s continued prohibition on freedom of expression and rights to peaceful assembly, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of civil society actors and activists.”