Naypyidaw, Myanmar (BBN)-Myanmar will go to the polls on 8 November in its first open general election in 25 years, a senior election official has told the BBC.
The official said the date would be formally announced later on Wednesday, reports BBC.
Reform has been under way since 2010 when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government.
The ruling USDP faces a head to head contest with Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. She won elections in 1990 that were scrapped.
The NLD won the last free general election in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in 1990 but the then-ruling military junta ignored the results.
The party boycotted a national election in 2010 because its leader was barred from standing.
Election laws said anyone serving a prison term could not stand and the Nobel Peace laureate Ms Suu Kyi had been convicted of breaching the terms of her house arrest in 2009. She was freed later in 2010.