During Burma’s 2012 by-election, the National League for Democracy (NLD) made a dent in what had been a solidly USDP division, winning five of the five seats it contested including an NLD victory in Letpadan, a township that made headlines earlier this year when police cracked down violently on peaceful student protestors.
As in other parts of Burma’s agricultural core, land rights—or a lack thereof—are a major concern for Pegu Division constituents, and candidates will be expected to lay out how they plan to combat land confiscation, which comes frequently at the hands of the powerful military.
Bago Division returns 28 lawmakers to the Union Parliament’s Lower House and 12 to the Upper House. The regional legislature is made up of 57 elected parliamentarians, including one ethnic affairs representative, and 19 appointed military MPs.
- Pegu (Bago)
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