STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Significance of the November 2015 Myanmar Elections

Dr. Udai Bhanu Singh is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • March 2016
    Volume: 
    40
    Issue: 
    2
    Commentaries

    Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won by a landslide majority in the openly contested elections Myanmar held on Sunday, November 8, 2015.The NLD won a convincing majority with 255 seats in the lower house, 135 in the upper house and 496 seats in the state and regional legislatures. This paves the way for election of President of its choice and forming a government. The election had 33.5 million eligible voters (over 18 years) of Myanmar’s 52 million population. To ensure that the elections were largely above board, there were about 10,000 internal and international observers and extensive media presence.

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