Military will accept poll results: Min Aung Hlaing

YANGON — The military will accept the result of the election, Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said Sunday after voting in Nay Pyi Taw, the Myanmar Times reported.

The military will neither interfere in the election nor seize control if the vote does not go according to its wishes, he said outside a polling station in the capital’s Zabuthiri township.

“What I hope through this election is that we will have a result that can build a strong democratic system,” the Senior General told reporters, the Myanmar Times said.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing urged the people to respect announcements from the Union Election Commission and called for the nation to remain stable during the transition to the next government.

President U Thein Sein, a former army general, also urged all political parties to accept the outcome of Sunday’s polls in a a monthly radio speech delivered on November 3 and aired several times since on state-run media.

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“I urge political parties and the public to respect the choices of the people, and welcome and accept the results,” U Thein Sein said in his speech.

The National League for Democracy opposition party, led by Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is expected to win the election, defeating the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party.

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