At an election stand (Source: VNA)

Yangon (VNA) - Myanmar’s open election in 25 years went smoothly with 80 percent of voters casting their ballots.

The polling stations across the country closed at 4 pm on November 8 as scheduled and the counting started right away in the witness of candidates, international observers and voters’ representatives.

According to the Union Election Commission (UEC), the election results will be released from 9am on November 9 onwards.

In its statement, the UEC said that the results will be announced six times a day until November 15, through the media centres in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw capital and state media.

UEC Chairman Tin Aye will hold a press conference on a daily basis at 4pm during the period at the Nay Pyi Taw media centre.

A poll carried out by the Eleven News Group on November 8 showed that the Myanmar's opposition National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi could pull in as much as 90 percent of votes in the first general election since a civilian government replaced military rule in 2011.

The local news organisation also found out that support for the military-backed ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party was below five percent.

The survey was conducted on more than 1,300 people across half of the country’s states and regions.
According to the UEC, 6,189 candidates representing registered political parties and independent candidates were running for more than 1,000 seats in parliament and elected bodies at different levels.

Among 1,163 constituencies, 330 are set to elect members to the House of Representatives; 168 will elect members to the House of Nationalities; 636 will elect regional or state parliaments; and 29 are set to elect regional or state parliaments for various ethnic groups.

Earlier, President U Thein Sein said in a speech that he respected the election results and the new Government would be established in accordance with the national constitution.-VNA