Myanmar counts ballots after Suu Kyi's day of destiny

Update: November, 09/2015 - 12:17


YANGON — Vote counting in Myanmar's landmark election was well underway today following a massive turnout that could see Aung San Suu Kyi's party catapulted to power.


Millions had queued the previous day to cast their ballots in an event heavy with history and filled with emotion.

As the count began in earnest, early indications were of an "80 per cent" turnout, according to Union Election Commission deputy director Thant Zin Aung.

Thousands of supporters -- many decked out in the red of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) -- gathered outside the party's Yangon headquarters in the hope of some indication of victory from Suu Kyi.

But the woman known affectionately as "The Lady" did not appear.

Instead NLD official Tin Oo read a message from the party's figurehead.

"I urge you to wait for the result from your own homes," he said, adding: "When the result comes out, I want you to accept it calmly."

Chanting "Amay (Mother) Suu must win, NLD must win!", the crowd began to thin as the evening wore on with no result in sight.

More than 30 million people were eligible to vote in Myanmar's freest election for a generation. — AFP