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November 12, 2015

NLD wins right to appoint vice president
The National League for Democracy (NLD) can elect a vice president now it has won 179 of the 216 contested Lower House seats. There are 330 seats in total with the others reserved for military officers.

The NLD has already won 77 seats out of 168 seats in the Upper House. One more Upper House victory is needed to allow the party to appoint a second vice president.

Under the Constitution, the Lower and Upper houses appoint two of the three vice presidents.

Each parliament must select a vice president with the support of more than half its members.

The military representatives get to choose the third vice president.

The president must be elected with the agreement of more than half of 664 representatives, meaning the NLD must win at least 333 seats to choose the head of state.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party has won 17 seats in the Lower House and only four in the Upper House.

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NLD to claim Zigon electoral fraud
The National League for Democracy is going to make a complaint to the regional election commission about electoral fraud at some polling stations in Zigon Township, Thayarwady District, Bago Region.

NLD observers said polling officers assisted in imprinting the “right mark” seal on the ballots and entered the voting booths.

The NLD’s Toe Aung said: “At polling station no.2, the officers were imprinting the ballots themselves. I told them not to do it but to no effect. I kept the voter cards of my underage son and others as evidence of the complaint.”

According to Toe Aung, he found two cards for children, including Lin Htet Naing and Zin Lin Thu. The latter is the polling officer’s son.

Similar events happened at station no.1 in Kankalay ward, according to Tin Hlaing.

NLD regional parliamentary candidate Nyein Nyein Ei said: “I visited 15 polling stations out of 27. I saw the polling officers and members of the election commission in the voting booths. The members of the USDP took mobile phones into the station. Worst of all, I saw those who wore white shirts and hats transporting voters.”

Another NLD candidate, Thet Naing Oo, said he had made similar complaints to the commission.

Vice President Nyan Tun competed for the Lower House and the Magway chief minister Nyan Win competed for the regional parliament in Zigon.

Nyan Tun got 24,952 votes and Nyan Win got 2,735 votes. There are 29 village tracts, 132 villages, 53,076 voters and 19 candidates. In 51 polling stations, the voting percentage was 82.5 per cent.

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