On brink of victory, Suu Kyi calls for talks with Myanmar military

Yangon - Aung San Suu Kyi called for "national reconciliation" talks with Myanmar's president and the nation's powerful army chief on Wednesday as her pro-democracy party stood poised for a landslide election victory.

Power beckons for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party after it took nearly 90 per cent of the seats declared so far.

Although poll officials are yet to announce the NLD as winners, Myanmar's balance of power, dominated for half a century by the army and its allies, appears set to be redrawn.

But Suu Kyi's supporters remain anxious at how the army will respond to a mauling at the polls, with memories still keen of the 1990 election - won by the NLD but then swatted away by the army.

"Citizens have expressed their will in the election," she said in letters addressed to President Thein Sein, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing as well as influential parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann.

"I would like to invite you to discuss national reconciliation next week at a time of your convenience." The letters, shared by the NLD on Facebook, come as her democracy movement continued its blitz of ruling party bases following Sunday's poll.

Thein Sein has agreed to a meeting once the official election results are announced, the country's Information Minister said on Wednesday afternoon.

Suu Kyi's early move to reach out to the army and its political allies shows willingness to work with her former captors - who kept her under house arrest for 15 years - to cut through Myanmar's tangled politics.

Analysts say difficult months lie ahead, with the army-scripted constitution gifting the military 25 per cent of all parliamentary seats and key security posts.

The document also blocks the 70-year-old Suu Kyi from becoming president despite her position as the democracy movement's magnetic force.

On Wednesday, election officials said the NLD took its haul to 163 of the 182 seats declared so far across the lower and upper houses.

Suu Kyi retained her seat in Kawhmu constituency.

The NLD needs 67 per cent of the contested seats to form a majority. But it is eyeing a much bigger margin - and greater clout inside the new parliament.

The democracy figurehead has vowed to rule from "above the president", indicating she will use a proxy to sidestep the bar on her taking the top office.

Parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann, a former high ranking general who lost his seat in Sunday's poll, had been tipped as a compromise candidate for the presidency - although his star has waned inside the USDP.

The drip-feed of election results has brought frustration to NLD supporters, many of whom have waited 25 years since the party last contested a poll to cast their vote.

"We know we won 80 per cent... hopefully we will get confirmation today," said Ko Ko, who runs an air-conditioning company in Yangon.

"We expect Daw Suu to change the country... I voted for change," he added.

Sunday's election has left the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in tatters, taking just a handful of seats so far, with several party heavyweights bundled out off their constituencies by voters.

Before the landmark poll Thein Sein vowed his party - and the powerful army - would respect the election result.

"A bilateral meeting (with Suu Kyi) will be held" once the election process is completed, Information Minister, Ye Htut, said in a post on his official Facebook page.

Election authorities have said it could take another 10 days, or more, to announce a winner.

'Mother Suu', as she is affectionately known, has said a democratic government would not seek to punish historic abuses by the military, but a massive popular mandate may prod them to sit down with their chief antagonist.

Stacked with former military men, the USDP has led a quasi-civilian government since 2011.

The party says it has guided the country through the major economic and social reforms that led to Sunday's election, which is believed to have seen a massive 80 per cent voter turnout.

Its critics condemn it as a stooge of the army, which ruled as a junta for half a century.