Pro-USDP protestors march in Naypyitaw ahead of election certification

Supporters of the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) marched in the national capital Naypyidaw on Friday morning.

Security in the city was tight, as the Union parliament prepared to meet on Monday to certify the results of last year’s election, which the USDP and the military have disputed.

Around 60 vehicles carrying hundreds of USDP supporters set out from the party’s office in Ottarathiri township for roundabout 49, which leads to the Supreme Court and the Union Election Commission (UEC).

The vehicles circled the roundabout at least 10 times, but were unable to proceed beyond that point because of a police checkpoint set up for security reasons.

The Supreme Court is set to decide if it will accept a writ penned to the President and members of the UEC regarding electoral issues raised by the USDP and its allies.

The writs were presented by the chairs of the USDP and the Democratic Party of National Politics. Both parties are regarded as military proxies.

After winning only 71 of the 1,117 seats contested in the 2020 election, the USDP and the military have insisted that it was rife with irregularities and fraud.

News and photos: Nyan Hlaing Linn / Myanmar Now

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