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Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed as eligible candidate for April by-elections

YANGON, Feb. 29 (Xinhua) — Myanmar’s Yangon Region Election Commission has finally approved Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidacy as eligible in the upcoming by-elections on April 1, totally turning down an appeal by a candidate of another political party against her eligibility.

U Ko Ko, chairman of the Yangon region election commission, told Xinhua about the confirmation Wednesday.

U Tin Yi, who is the candidate of the Unity and Peace Party ( UPP), objected Suu Kyi’s eligibility with Yangon South District Election Commission earlier on Feb. 6 to the district commission but was rejected on Feb. 10.

U Tin Yi then appealed to the higher election commission at region level which was also turned down on grounds that the appeal produced no enough and strong evidences.

Three candidates– Aung San Suu Kyi, chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), U Soe Min of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and U Tin Yi of the Unity and Peace Party (UPP)– will contest in Yangon region’s Kawhmu constituency for a seat of House of Representative.

With a population of 135,000, Kawhmu has 83,000 eligible voters.

In the coming April 1 by-elections, there are 48 vacant constituencies scattered in 10 regions or states among which 40 are for the seats of House of Representatives, six for House of Nationalities and two for region or state parliament. Of the 48 constituencies, Yangon region shares six vacant seats of House of Representatives.

Both NLD and the ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), will contest in all 48 vacant constituencies, constituting the main contestants.

In addition to NLD and USDP, 15 political parties including old and newly-registered parties will run in some constituencies in the coming by-elections.

By-election campaigns have been underway by contesting political parties and allowed by the Union Election Commission. The parties will partly campaign through the state radio and television starting on March 7 until March 23.

Presentation of policies and work programs will be allowed through the state media in turn for 15 minutes for each contesting party, the commission said, assuring a free and fair election.

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