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Myanmar says it will hold multi-party elections on November the seventh, ending months of speculation over the timing of the poll. It will be the country's first parliamentary election in two decades.
The country's Union Election Commission has granted legal registration to 40 political parties among the 47 parties seeking entry to the poll.
The remaining seven are waiting for approval. The 40 contesting parties are made up of 35 new and five old parties that fought the 1990 general election.
The Commission has designated 330 constituencies for a parliamentary house of representatives and 12 constituencies for a house of nationalities.
The constituencies are spread across townships in Kayah, Yangon, Mon and other regions and states across the country.