President of Myanmar says government respects poll results

Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, President Thein Sein says government and military will respect Sunday's election results as opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party tipped for victory

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Myanmar President Thein Sein walks on the historic U Bein bridge while assessing environmental changes at Taungthaman lake in Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar.

Updated Nov 8, 2015

Myanmar President Thein Sein, who is also the chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, which is aligned closely to the military, said he would respect tomorrow's election results which the opposition is expected to win.

"I heard that there are worries whether the outcome of the election would be respected. Our government and the military want to repeat that we will respect the outcomes of the free and fair election," President Thein Sein said on national television on Friday.

He also remarked that there are some concerns about intimidation and disenfranchisement of the population especially on the Rohingya Muslims who have been denied citizenship and made ineligible to vote. Despite concerns, he said government will do its best for a free and fair elections.

There are some international standards for a fair and free election process, such as rights to freedom of expression, universal and equal right to vote, the right to a secret ballot. But, according to Human Rights Watch, all of these and other international requirements and standards are missing from Myanmar’s election process.

Myanmar President Thein Sein, right, receives flowers from a Rakhine girl upon his arrival at Mrauk U airport, in Mrauk U, Rakhine State, western Myanmar

"According to the outcome of the election, we will work together in the new political arena," said President Thein Sein.

"To be where we are today, we have overcome a difficult history. It was never easy to be able to hold this election. That's why as the election will change our destiny, especially in this important transition, I encourage all the voters to vote," Thein Sein added.

TRTWorld and agencies