Politics

2017 By-Elections: The Wrap-Up

By The Irrawaddy 3 April 2017

RANGOON — Here is the wrap-up of the latest results for the 19 seats that were contested across the weekend’s by-elections for the union and state parliaments.

The National League for Democracy (NLD)—9 seats:

Five seats in the Lower House: Monywa Township in Sagaing Division and Dagon Myothit Seikkan, East Dagon Myothit, Kawhmu, and Hlaing Tharyar townships in Rangoon Division.

Three seats in the Upper House: Chin State Constituency No. 3; Rangoon Constituency No. 6; Bago Division Constituency No. 4.

One seat in the Shan State parliament: Nyaung Shwe (Yawnghwe) Township.

Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)—2 seats:

One seat in the Lower House: Chaungzon Township, Mon State.

One seat in the Shan State parliament: Kengtung Township, Shan State.

Shan Nationalities League for Democracy—6 seats

Two seats in the Lower House: Mong Hsu and Kyethi (Kesi) townships.

Four seats in the Shan State parliament: two each in Mong Hsu and Kyethi (Kesi) townships.

The Arakan Nationalities Party—1 seat

One seat in the Lower House: Ann Township, Arakan State.

The All Nationalities’ Democratic Party Kayah State—1 seat

One seat in Karenni State’s Hpruso Constituency No. 1.

Turnout

Voter turnout was low in Rangoon but relatively high in ethnic areas. Across the country as a whole, 784,909 out of 2.13 million eligible voters (about 35 percent) cast their ballots. (This figure may be adjusted very slightly after results are announced of a count of rejected ballots in Kyethi Township’s two seats).

Turnout in Rangoon (sample of three contests):

Hlaing Tharyar Township: 46,418 of 378,516 eligible voters cast their ballots (12.26%).

Dagon Myothit Seikkan: 26,250 of 89,807 eligible voters cast their ballots (29.23%).
Rangoon Constituency No. 6 Upper House: 93,279 of 343,600 eligible voters (27.15%).

Turnout in Ethnic Areas (sample of three contests):

Chin State Constituency No. 3: 21,124 of 28,027 eligible voters cast their ballots (75.37%).

Arakan State’s Ann Township: 46,669 of 76,086 eligible voters cast their ballots (61.34%).

Karenni State’s Hpruso Township:  6,710 of 9,570 eligible voters cast their ballots (70.11%).

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