In a country that was under military rule for almost half a century, many of the eligible 30 million voters were voting for the first time in what's been billed as the freest election ever. It was the first time even for Suu Kyi, the epitome of the democracy movement who defied the junta for decades.
   
Wearing her trademark thazin flowers in her hair, a smiling Suu Kyi arrived at the polling station near her lake-side residence where she was mobbed by hundreds of journalists. She quickly cast her vote and left without speaking to reporters.

"This is very, very significant. It's the first time that most people in the country will have an opportunity to vote for the main opposition party," said Richard Horsey, an independent Myanmar analyst.

Although more than 90 parties are contesting, the main fight is between Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, and the ruling Union Solidarity Development Party, made up largely of former junta members.
   
"I am so excited to come to vote. I couldn't sleep the whole night, so I came here early," said Ohnmar, a 38 year-old woman who goes by one name. "I came to vote because I want change in my country. I think Aung San Suu Kyi will win if this is a real free and fair election," added Ohnmar.

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