Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won 77% of seats in Myanmar’s landmark polls this month, according to final results released by the election commission. Myanmar voted on November 8 but results took days to arrive in the capital from remote corners of the country, wending their way from villages in dense jungle and townships in several regions beset by active conflict. Election workers carried ballots by foot from some mountainous areas and then loaded them into helicopters that were used to transport the sealed boxes to the capital Naypyitaw where the official Union Election Commission would count them. So cut-off are some villages in northern Myanmar that their inhabitants have more contact with their Chinese neighbours than with the central government.
Five days after the polls and Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party had won a majority in parliament, ending half a century of dominance by the military. But votes from 11 constituencies in the northern Kachin State were only counted late last week, finally allowing the commission to announce the results for all 1150 contested seats.
The NLD won 887 seats, or 77.1%, providing Suu Kyi with a majority in both houses of parliament. The military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party won only 117 or 10% of the seats and the army reserves a quarter of all seats in parliament.