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Voting smooth in Myanmar election

Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 01:31

Myanmar residents vote in first free election in 25 years. Julie Noce reports.

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Voters cast their ballots in Myanmar's historic national election on Sunday with no reports of violence to mar the jubilant mood. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walked through throngs of media to vote at a polling station near her home in Yangon. Her National League of Democracy party is expected to win the largest share of votes from the some 91 parties contesting the election. Members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, including current president Thein Sein, also cast their ballots. Myanmar, only recently shedding its label as a pariah state, has had little experience organising elections. As a result, some 10,000 observers have been enlisted to scrutinise the process. (SOUNDBITE)(English) EU CHIEF OBSERVER ALEXANDER GRAF LAMBSDORFF SAYING: "...what we are observing is a procedure that looks as if it is rather reliable, it is not free of flaws or shortcomings, but we didn't expect that, but some of the things that have been discussed before do not seem to pose a great problem at this point in time..." Despite concerns about the fairness of the election after activists estimated some four million people might not be able to vote, constituents seemed excited and hopeful about election and the results. I'm excited as this only takes place once every five years, this woman said. I want the country to be prosperous. Election voting ends Sunday afternoon but results are expected to come in slowly. A clear overall picture is not expected to emerge until Tuesday morning.

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Voting smooth in Myanmar election

Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 01:31