Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD), delivers a speech at her party's headquarters in Yangon April 2, 2012. NLD has swept all six vacant parliamentary seats with the Yangon region township constituencies in Sunday's by-elections held across the country, sources with the Yangon Region Union Election Commission confirmed Monday. (Xinhua/U Aung)
YANGON, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Union Election Commission Monday formally announced that the National League for Democracy (NLD) has won the majority parliamentary seats in Sunday's just- ended by-elections.
According to the first part of the series of election results aired by the state radio and television, of the 45 seats available for contest, the NLD so far won a total of 40 parliamentary seats with 35 seats for House of Representatives, three seats for House of Nationalities and two seats for region or state parliament.
The 35 seats of House of Representatives include all six won in Yangon region's six constituencies and all four in Nay Pyi Taw constituencies.
The results of the winners of the remaining five parliamentary seats are expected to follow in the next release.
Meanwhile, according to NLD's announcement, in Yangon's six constituencies, Aung San Suu Kyi won over 85 percent of the votes with 55902-9172 against Dr. U Soe Min, candidate of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and 55902-397 against U Tin Yi, candidate of the Unity and Peace Party (UPP) in Kawhmu township constituency.
The parliamentary by-elections in Myanmar, which began on Sunday morning, were contested by a total of 157 candidates -- 150 represent 17 political parties and 7 represent 7 individuals -- for the 45 vacant seats of parliamentary representatives scattered in 45 township constituencies in 9 regions or states -- Yangon, Mandalay, Ayeyawaddy, Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Bago, Magway, Mon and Shan as well as Nay Pyi Taw directly under the president's administration.
Of the 45 vacant parliamentary seats, 37 seats are for House of Representatives , while 6 are for House of Nationalities and 2 are for Region or State parliament.
The by-elections was observed by foreign diplomats and United Nations officials based in Myanmar as well as over 150 invited international observers and mediapersons from ASEAN and its dialogue partners, including the European Union and the United States.
The parliamentary by-elections was the first held in the new civil government era.
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