Burma announces November 8 election date
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Burma announces November 8 election date

Burma’s Union Election Commission confirmed Wednesday that this year’s historic general election will be held on November 8.

The poll was widely expected to take place in the last week of October or first week of November, but the exact date was not set.

The BBC’s Burma correspondent Jonah Fisher tweeted Wednesday that an election official had confirmed the November 8 date.

It will see voting take place in all constituencies, but not for the 25 percent of parliament seats controlled by the military.

The news comes just two weeks after Burma’s parliament voted against proposed constitutional amendments, making it highly unlikely that opposition leader and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi can run for the presidency.

The constitution bars Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from seeking the presidency in Burma (Myanmar) and gives the military an effective veto over constitutional amendments.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy is expected to see heavy gains against the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in the polls.

The NLD swept the last free general election in 1990 but the then-ruling military junta ignored the results and kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for years.