Burma says election to proceed as planned on Nov. 8
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Burma says election to proceed as planned on Nov. 8

State media say Burma’s general election will be held as planned on Nov. 8 despite a proposal by the election commission for a delay because of recent landslides and flooding.

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye had proposed in a meeting with political parties on Tuesday that the parliamentary election be postponed.

The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) opposed the proposed postponement, while three others – including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – voted for the proposal.

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A number of ethnic parties were absent from Tuesday’s meeting, while others said they were “neutral”.

State media announced later Tuesday that the election would go ahead as planned.

According to Burmese law, the election must take place between 30 and 90 days before the convening of parliament, which is scheduled for January 30, 2016.