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OVERVIEW

A dizzying total of 92 parties will compete in 1,171 races across Burma’s seven states, seven divisions and the Naypyidaw Special Territory on Nov. 8. The country’s 330 townships play host to everything from snow-capped mountain peaks in northern Kachin State to the arid plains of central Burma and sweltering tropical rainforests in southeastern Tenasserim Division, with an ethnic and religious makeup that is no less diverse.

Here, The Irrawaddy offers a look at the political parties that are vying for voters’ favor, and the diverse geographic and ethnic constituencies that they are seeking to represent. Click on a state or division to learn more, or scroll down to take a closer look at the many political parties contesting this historic poll.

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အဓိက ပါတီမ်ား & Regional Contenders

The All Mon Region Democracy Party is one of two major ethnic Mon parties to compete in the 2015 election. The party contested Burma’s 2010 election and won 16 seats in total, taking advantage of a boycott by the Mon...

The All Nationals’ Democracy Party (Kayah State) is one of 11 parties to contest the November general election in Burma’s smallest state, Karenni, and claims a membership of more than 1,500 people.
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The Arakan National Party (ANP) was formed out of the merger of the Rakhine National Development Part and the Arakan League for Democracy. One of Burma’s strongest ethnic political parties, the ANP is expected to be a...

The Democratic Party (Myanmar) is a member of the Federal Democracy Alliance, a coalition of 11 political parties formed in late 2013 with the shared objectives of amending the Constitution to establish a federal system...

The Kachin State Democracy Party was founded by Dr. Tu Ja, former vice president No. 2 of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO). The former ex-rebel leader first tried to establish a party ahead of Burma’s 2010...

The Kayah Unity Democracy Party says it has a membership of 25,000 cadres and is contesting more than 20 seats in the upcoming election.
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The Mon National Party is one of two major ethnic Mon parties to compete in the 2015 election, and in some cases it will go head to head with incumbent candidates from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMDP) after the...

The Myanmar Farmers Development Party claims a membership of about 2 million people and is fielding 286 candidates in the upcoming general election. It plans to contest mainly in the country’s agricultural heartland,...

The National Democratic Force was formed in 2010 as a breakaway faction of the National League for Democracy, with the former seeking to win races in an election that the latter boycotted. The party was one of three to...

The National Development Party was founded earlier this year by Nay Zin Latt, a former presidential adviser turned patron of a party that has, since word of its formation, prompted speculation, accusations and denials...

The National League for Democracy was born out of the political tumult of 1988, when a massive pro-democracy uprising rocked the nation and toppled the government of Gen. Ne Win. It subsequently contested an election in...

The National Unity Party says its boasts a membership of about 500,000 and has offices in 306 of Burma’s 330 townships. The party is likely to be one of the most pervasive presences on the campaign trail nationwide,...

The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party ran for more than 100 seats in Burma’s 2010 general election and won 57. It also won a seat in the 2012 by-election, the only party to win a contest other than the National...

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy claims to have more than 40,000 members and has established 82 branch offices across Shan State, and in some Mandalay Division and Karenni State locations, with plans to open...

The Tai-Leng Nationalities Development Party is fielding the second largest number of candidates among ethnic parties in Kachin State, trailing only the Kachin State Democracy Party. Nationwide, the TNDP is the 11th...

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was formed in 2010 to contest the general election that year as a political vehicle for many of Burma’s former military leaders. The party won more than 75...

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Both sides agreed to follow the people’s wish to collaborate for the country’s stability, rule of law, national unity and development.
- Burma Army, following a meeting between military commander-in-chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and NLD chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi