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Myanmar Announces General Elections for Late Next Year

Myanmar, also known as Burma, has announced that it will hold its next parliamentary elections in late October or early November of next year.

Chairman of the Election Commission for the Yangon region, Ko Ko, made the announcement during a meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Monday. He said the CSO's would be important to the election process.

"The election committee present that to the civil society organizations, explaining the process," he said. "The CSOs in turn gave feedback and advice. Secondly we invited them to discuss about developing the Code of conduct for the election monitors. We discussed about that as well."

Myint Aung Moe, from the Pyinnyar Takon Social Network, says officials and CSO representatives discussed a code of conduct for election observers during their meeting Monday.

"We discussed mainly what rules we were going to follow," he said. "There are a lot of previously prescribed laws and rules concerning the elections. We want to know our scope and limitations as observers. How far we can go, what clause we would like to be included. They accepted some of our suggestions. But today we are not finalizing. There will be more discussions."

The next parliament is expected to choose the country's next president in early 2016. This will be Myanmar's second general election since the country began to emerge from decades of military rule in 2011.

This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Burmese service.