Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy faced voter disappointment in the country’s by-elections on Nov. 3, winning six of 13 contested seats up for grabs in state, regional, and national parliaments, while candidates from parties representing ethnic minorities made a strong showing in border regions, preliminary results indicated on Monday.The results from the polls, in which 1 million people were eligible to cast ballots, were all in except for one of the races. The eligible seats included four in the lower house of the Union parliament, one in the upper house of the Union parliament, and seven in state and regional parliaments, and the Shan ethnic affairs minister’s seat in Mandalay region.Sixty-nine candidates from 24 political parties contested for seats in Chin, Shan, Kachin and Rakhine states and in Yangon, Sagaing, Bago, Magway, and Mandalay regions, with seven of the candidates running as independents, according to the online journal The Irrawaddy.One of the most highly contested votes was in Myitkyina, capital of northern Myanmar’s Kachin state, where the ethnic Kachin political parties went up against the NLD and main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) for a vacant seat in the upper house of parliament in the town’s No. 2 constituency.
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