Polling stations across Burma opened their doors to cameras their ballot papers, as Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy claimed by-election victories in at least 18 of the 45 available seats.
Su Kyi has said her top priorities are to introduce the rule of law, end long-simmering ethnic insurgencies and amend the 2008 constitution that ensures the military retains a political stake and its strong influence over the country.
Her constituency Kamu is separated from Rangoon by 60 miles and three centuries - it is the land that time and a dictatorship forgot.
Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a seat in Burma's parliament, according to her party the National League for Democracy
The opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's criticism of the campaigning process signals how important these elections really are.