Some of the candidates who lost a race to the USDP question the ballots the military-backed party won in early voting on military bases, where monitoring is heavily restricted.
The military detained the 12 last month suspecting they had links to the Kachin Independence Army but released them on Sunday, says the Peace-talk Creation Group.
Zing Thung Sunday said they often had to eat grass to survive while avoiding landmines and soldiers on their jungle trek after fleeing their village in Kachin State.
According to the records, the Tatmadaw threatened to “destroy” KIA bases it “does not recognize” in Kachin State if the group refused to withdraw.
Catholics from war-ravaged state hope papal visit will help restore peace