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Suu Kyi's party says election campaign restrictions lifted

Rangoon , Tue, 21 Feb 2012 ANI

Rangoon, Feb 21 (ANI): Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party has said that government authorities have lifted campaigning restrictions ahead of an upcoming by-election.


The removal of restrictions came just hours after the National League for Democracy (NLD) complained at a press conference that it was being denied the use of venues for rallies.


"It's a very significant change. We are still hoping for fair play," Nyan Win, a spokesman for NLD, said.


Another NLD member said that the Union Election Commission (UEC) contacted the party to say that a ban imposed on the use of sports grounds, which had prevented a rally planned for 14 February from taking place, was lifted, The BBC reports.


Earlier, the NLD had warned that by-elections might not be fair because of the restrictions.


There are 48 parliamentary seats being contested in the April 1 by-election.


Even if the NLD wins all 48 seats, the military-backed government would still have a commanding majority in parliament.


The NLD boycotted Burma's last election in 2010, but agreed to rejoin the electoral process after the military-backed government brought in a series of democratic reforms. (ANI)


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