Myanmar elections to proceed as planned despite flooding

People riding motorbikes and bicycles on a flooded street during a National League for Democracy (NLD) election rally in Mandalay, Myanmar, yesterday. Myanmar's elections will take place as scheduled on Nov 8, state television reported yesterday afte
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People riding motorbikes and bicycles on a flooded street during a National League for Democracy (NLD) election rally in Mandalay, Myanmar, yesterday. Myanmar's elections will take place as scheduled on Nov 8, state television reported yesterday after the election commission held a meeting to discuss a possible postponement due to flooding.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition NLD opposed a postponement, while the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party favoured such a move. More than 100 people have been killed and over a million affected by the flooding in Myanmar.

A landslide caused by torrential rains killed at least 17 people in remote Kayah state on Monday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2015, with the headline 'Myanmar elections to proceed as planned despite flooding'. Print Edition | Subscribe