The group was tired, but also optimistic. Yangon is an N.L.D. stronghold and, although the final results wouldn’t be released until the next day, they predicted that Tint would win. All three had spent years in military prisons for resisting the regime. Kyaw, the campaign manager, shared a hundred-square-foot prison cell with two other men for eight years, as punishment for participating in the 1988 student movement against military rule. “Back then prison was the place for people who believed in democracy,” he said, laughing. “Now it’s Parliament.” More than fifty former political prisoners were candidates.