Owing to populations whose ancestors were brought in from South Asia under British colonial rule and also to the commercial capital’s pull for job-seeking migrants from across the country, Rangoon Division is home to arguably Burma’s most diverse constituencies. Still, as in other parts of the ethnic Bamar heartland, races in the country’s most populace division are expected to be largely a contest between the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).
Rangoon Division has the distinction of being the only state or division in Burma where a majority of the population are urban dwellers, presenting a unique set of issues that candidates will be expected to address, including how best to: encourage robust and responsible foreign investment, as the primary destination for overseas businesses at present; ensure affordable housing in a booming property market; prioritize preservation of the city’s rich endowment of colonial architecture; and manage a population boom that is expected to continue for at least another two decades, among many other questions.
Rangoon Division returns 45 lawmakers to the Union Parliament’s Lower House and 12 to the Upper House. The regional legislature is made up of 92 elected parliamentarians, including two ethnic affairs representatives, and 30 appointed military MPs.
- Hlaing Tharyar
- South Okkalapa
- North Okkalapa
- Dagon Myothit (South)
- Dagon Myothit (North)
- Dagon Myothit (East)
- Dagon Myothit (Seikkan)
- Mingalar Taung Nyunt
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