Indonesia hopes Myanmar`s elections would support ongoing reconciliation process

Indonesia hopes Myanmar`s elections would support ongoing reconciliation process

Arrmanatha Nasir. (ANTARA)

Therefore, we laud this democratic process."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government and people of Indonesia are optimistic that Myanmars elections on Sunday (November 8) will support the ongoing process of reform and reconciliation in the country, the Foreign Ministrys spokesperson stated.

"We hope the election results will be accepted by all sides and can serve as a platform for the ongoing process of reform and reconciliation in Myanmar," Foreign Affairs Ministrys spokesperson, Arrmanatha Nasir, remarked here on Monday.

Nasir noted that Sundays elections, which ran smoothly and had a high voter turnout, reflected the same spirit for reformation in both the government and the people.

"Therefore, we laud this democratic process," he affirmed.

More than 30 million people voted on Sunday, in what is expected to be the most free and fair general elections in the countrys history.

As many as six thousand candidates from 93 political parties, who are running for 1,142 seats in the national, regional, and state parliaments of Myanmar, took part in the elections.

The two largest parties --- the military-backed ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the opposition National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi --- competed for votes alongside a multitude of smaller parties.

Myanmars Election Commission is expected to announce the results six times a day from November 9, and the Commission Chair to hold daily news conferences on November 9-15 in Nay Pyi Taw.

Although the elections had been lauded as a free and fair event, but some concerns were also raised by NGOs regarding the disenfranchisement of up to 80 thousand Rohingya residents in Rakhine state.

According to state media, five of the countrys 330 townships did not also hold elections due to security concerns.
(T.A060/Uu.INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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