Polls opened this morning for Myanmar’s first democratic election in 25 years


Voters and media people jostle at the voting station in Bahan. James Coe/Mizzima

Voters and media people jostle at the voting station in Bahan. James Coe/Mizzima

Dozens of foreign journalists lined up in Bahan, Yangon, hoping for a glimpse of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) this morning.

575 foreign journalists and 131 Myanmar journalists working for foreign media are in Myanmar to cover the 2015 elections according to the Ministry of Information and a number of those could be seen waiting at the polling station for Daw Suu Kyi to arrive.

Daw Suu Kyi’sparty is tipped to win a clear majority, but it remains unknown whether the NLD will get the 67% of seats it needs to rival the military's presence in Parliament.

It is hoped that the presence of international observers and media will act as a deterrent to much-feared voter fraud.

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