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Myanmar election race kicks off despite ban on big rallies

Coronavirus fears force Suu Kyi to cancel campaign trip on first day

A supporter in Yangon holds a flag of the ruling party, National League for Democracy, September 6. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

YANGON -- Election campaigns in Myanmar officially started on Tuesday and will end on Nov. 6, two days before the vote, as the country approaches its first democraticelection since 2015.

The election will put 498 seats up for grabs in the 664-seat bicameral Union Parliament, in which 25% of the seats are constitutionally reserved for appointed military representatives. Candidates receiving the most votes in their respective constituencies win.

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