Aung San Suu Kyi, top leader of Myanmar's main opposition party -- the National League for Democracy (NLD), personally registered herself with related local election commission office in Yangon's southern district Wednesday to contest in Kawmu township constituency, news reaching here from Kawmu said.
The Union Election Commission has set April 1 for the date of holding the by-elections.
So far, NLD has nominated 44 candidates including Suu Kyi to run the upcoming parliamentary by-elections with four more candidates remaining to be named to add up to 48 for full nomination, according to the party sources.
Of the 48 candidates, six candidates will respectively contest in Yangon region's six constituencies for the vacant seats of House of Representatives, while the remaining 42 candidates are to contest in other constituencies scattered in 10 regions or states with six in Bago, six in Mandalay, one in Mon, two in Shan, seven in Ayeyawaddy, three in Kachin, five in Sagaing, two in Tanintharyi and six in Magway regions and states for other vacant seats of both houses and region or state parliament.
According to the commission, there is a total of 48 vacant parliamentary seats to be filled in the by-elections and the fresh parliament representatives are to be elected from the vacant constituencies.
Of the 48 vacant parliamentary seats, 40 for the House of Representatives, 6 for the House of Nationalities and 2 for Region or State Parliament.
The NLD, which was reformed with a seven-member central executive committee headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, decided to run the upcoming by-elections by contesting in all 48 constituencies available in the country after it regained legal status.