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More women to compete in Myanmar election

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Among 6,189 candidates registered for the November 8 election, about 800 of them are female, according to the Union Election Commission (UEC).

In the final list of candidates released on August 20, the UEC showed that among them, 122 female candidates were nominated for the Upper House, 228 for the Lower House and 454 for regional and state seats.

The number is higher than at previous elections.

More than 3,000 candidates, including 101 female parliamentary candidates, competed in the 2010 election and 45 were elected.

In the 2012 by-elections, 26 female parliamentary candidates competed, of which 13 were elected.

With 53 female MPs currently in Myanmar’s parliaments, female participation accounts for 5 per cent in the Lower House, for 2.6 per cent in Upper House and for 2 per cent in regional parliaments.

The National League for Democracy, the Union Solidarity and Development Party and National Unity Party claimed to have given female members priority ahead of the November election.

The NLD submitted the highest number of female candidates, 168, followed by USDP which nominated 72 female candidates

The official 60-day election campaign period starts on September 8.

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