Myanmar proposes delaying November 8 elections due to flooding

NAYPYITAW: Myanmar's election commission has proposed delaying the November 8 general election either nationwide or in some areas hit by landslides and flooding.

Union Election Commission Chairman Tin Aye told reporters, "It might be delayed."

He made the comment after meeting with different political parties to propose the postponement. The opposition National League for Democracy said it is against it.

Tin Aye said the commission would release a statement in about two days with a possible new election date.

He didn't say whether the polls might be delayed nationwide or only in areas affected by landslides and flooding in western and northwestern Myanmar.