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National League for Democracy (NLD) party supporters celebrate outside the NLD office as they watch a screen showing unofficial results of the parliamentary by-elections, in Yangon, Myanmar, 01 April 2012. EPA/THET HTOO

The opposition National League for Democracy has established a committee to plan its strategy for the general election due to take place late next year, NLD central executive committee member Nan Khin Htwe Myint told Mizzima on September 28.

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The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party is planning to survey voters as part of its preparations for the general election due to be held in 2015, USDP executive committee member U Tint Zaw told Mizzima on September 22.

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There could be no place for unelected military appointees in a parliament chosen by proportional representation, a leading member of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society movement said in Yangon on September 21.

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Establishing a culture of democracy in Myanmar will be challenging and time-consuming, opposition party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in Nay Pyi Taw on September 15.

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Union Election Commission chairman U Tin Aye announces the cancellation of by-elections due to be held later this year, at a news conference at the Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon on September 7. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

The Union Election Commission's surprise decision to cancel by-elections due later this year has come under criticism from political analysts, who have called for the panel's chairman to be replaced.

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The commission tasked with making recommendations for a future electoral system to be used in the Pyithu Hluttaw is due to submit its report to the lower house of parliament on September 15, U Than Win, (Pyithu Hluttaw, USDP, Taungdwingyi Township, Magway Region) joint-secretary of the commission told Mizzima on September 8.