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NLD Has Filed 100 Election Complaints Since Campaign Start: Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi has told a Rangoon rally that her party has filed 100 complaints over violations of election rules.


RANGOON—National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi told a Rangoon rally that her party had filed 100 complaints with the country’s electoral body and police over violations of election rules.

Since the official campaign period began on Sept. 8, the NLD has alleged the destruction of party billboards, the late-night burglary of a candidate’s office, official obstruction preventing the party from securing campaign venues, and numerous instances of harassment.

“I would like to vindicate trust in the NLD,” Suu Kyi told Sunday’s rally in Thingangyun, attended by tens of thousands of party faithful and likely to be the party’s last major campaign event before the election. “Within the two months of the campaign period, the party has filed complaints for about 100 cases. There were two cases filed against us, but later they were withdrawn by those who had filed them, because they weren’t valid.”

Last week, NLD candidate Naing Ngan Lin was sent to Rangoon General Hospital in a critical condition after he was attacked during a campaign tour of Rangoon’s Thaketa Township. At least one of his assailants was wielding a sword, and two other party members required medical attention.

Win Htein, a member of the NLD’s central committee, has accused the Union Election Commission of dragging its feet in addressing the party’s complaints as they began to pile up.

Nearly 1,200 seats across regional and Union legislatures are up for grabs in the Nov. 8 poll, expected to be a fierce competition between the NLD, the country’s largest and most prominent opposition party, and the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party.