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YANGON (Myanmar) - MYANMAR pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will help investigate charges of election fraud if and when she is released from house arrest this week, a close political colleague said on Wednesday.
Her intention was announced a few hours before the first official results from Sunday's election were released, showing that the country's pro-military party was headed toward an expected sweeping election victory, Critics said the vote was rigged and poll fraud was rampant.
Top members of the ruling junta, including Prime Minister Thein Sein, were among those who won seats in Parliament, according to results broadcast on Wednesday night on state television. Thein Sein heads the Union Solidarity and Development Party, which served as a proxy for the ruling junta.
Independent observers and Western leaders including President Barack Obama have said Sunday's election - the first in two decades - was neither free nor fair.
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy has established a committee to probe allegations of fraud in the polls, said Nyan Win, a spokesman for the group.
It was officially disbanded as a political party because it refused to register for the polls it considered unfair, but the group remains active as a social movement.
Suu Kyi to probe vote fraud