DVB: NLD Supporters Celebrate Premature Victory

November 8, 2015

 A week before Burma's historic election, NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at a rally greeted by thousands of supporters. (Credit: Dene-Hern Chen)

A week before Burma's historic election, NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at a rally greeted by thousands of supporters. (Credit: Dene-Hern Chen)

By Dene-Hern Chen

Thousands of supporters of the opposition National League for Democracy began a premature celebration outside the party’s headquarters after voting concluded at 4pm today.

Reports of how the election process went in the Rangoon region are still trickling in, while results are still not announced by the Union Election Commission (UEC). The day appears to have gone by without any serious transgression, while minor flaws – such as voters not being able to find their names, long waits, and confusions over polling stations – cropped up throughout the city. The European Union’s election monitor mission’s preliminary review would have to wait until Tuesday, said chief of mission Alexander Lambsdorff.

While NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi was expected to arrive at the headquarters in Bahan Township at around 5pm from her trip to her constituency in Kawhmu, the appearance kept being delayed. Finally, after three hours of waiting in intermittently pouring rain, Tin Oo, the party’s chairman, appeared in the building’s balcony and informed her hopeful followers that she was not coming.

Read more at Democratic Voice of Burma