I Voted for Party Which Serves the People: Khin Nyunt

By Election, Saw Yan Naing 1 April 2012

Former Burmese Prime Minister Khin Nyunt said he voted for a political party which he believed served the interest of civilians.

Khin Nyunt, who is also a former spy chief, spoke to journalists after casting his ballot in Rangoon on Sunday—but did not disclose which party he voted for.

However, he said that he cast his vote in accordance with the will of the majority.

Meanwhile, his son, Zaw Naing Oo, told reporters in Rangoon that he voted for May Win Myint, a candidate representing the main opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Khin Nyunt and his family cast their ballots in Mayangone Township to the north of the former capital. Despite the lack of an official comment by Khin Nyunt, many journalists believe that he also voted for the NLD.

According to preliminary results coming from polls so far, it is believed that Suu Kyi’s party is currently leading the race with the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which is filed with many ex-junta members, in second place.

Nyan Win, the main spokesperson for the NLD, told The Irrawaddy on Sunday, “According to results so far, we can say that the condition of our party is good.”

Suu Kyi is contesting one seat for Kawhmu Township out of 45 constituencies up for grabs in the by-elections.