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Myanmar Cancels By-Election

Tin Aye, right, chairman of Myanmar's Union Election Commission, talks to journalists during a press conference at Myanmar Peace Center in Yangon, Sept. 7, 2014.

Myanmar's election commission says it is canceling by-elections that were planned for later this year.

Myanmar - also known as Burma - announced in March that it would call by-elections before the end of the year to fill 35 seats in parliament that were vacated for various reasons.

Union Election Commission chairman Tin Aye said at a media briefing in Yangon Sunday that the election would have no political significance and would be a waste of time and money that could better be spent preparing for the 2015 general election.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.