Media frenzy as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi casts her ballot


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the polling station in Bahan Township to vote on the morning of November 8. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived at the voting station in Kawhmu, Yangon, at roughly 8:30 am to the crush of local and international media, as over a hundred media people turned out to capture an image of her casting a ballot in Myanmar's landmark election.

Her arrival at the voting station in Bahan Township, Yangon, caused excitement to overflow into aggression. A small number of the press scuffled as others broke past the agreed boundary and shoved into one another. 

After casting her ballot, Suu Kyi was briefly prevented from exiting as a scrum of photographers struggling to capture the perfect picture created a human barricade.

Before Suu Kyi arrived there were some minor arguments with the chairman of the voting station as he seemed reluctant to open a window into the room in which Daw Suu Kyi would cast her ballot.

Members of the press challenged the chairman, suggesting that not doing so would be biased against Daw Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party because the current President, Thein Sein, was clearly visible as he cast his vote. The chairman relented and opened the window moments before Suu Kyi arrived.

While the press waited for Suu Kyi's arrival, queuing voters enjoyed the attention of reporters from around the world who called on them to pose and take part in interviews.

A total 575 foreign journalists and 131 Myanmar journalists have registered to work with foreign media organisations to cover the 2015 elections. This does not include the local Myanmar and foreign journalists working for Myanmar media. 

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