Voting begins in Myanmar

Myanmar,Bubaneswar 8:Polls have opened in Myanmar's general election the first openly contested poll in 25 years after decades of military rule. 

The ruling Union Solidarity Development Party backed by the military, is one of the frontrunners. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to make big gains, though she is barred from the presidency. 

The current president said the authorities would respect poll results. 

About 30 million people are eligible to vote in the election in Myanmar. More than 6,000 candidates from over 90 parties are vying to be elected to the 664-seat parliament. 

The polls will close in the late afternoon with official results expected to start trickling out by early Monday. 

Ahead of the vote, security has been stepped up across the country, with some 40,000 polling booth.

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