Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has kicked off campaigning for Myanmar's historic general election with a Facebook post that calls the upcoming polls "a crucial turning point for our country."

Campaigning opened Tuesday for the Nov. 8 general election, in which more than 90 political parties are contesting for seats in both houses of parliament.

In a video message on her opposition party's Facebook page, Suu Kyi called the polls "a real chance of bringing about real change."

The elections are being closely watched as the next step toward democracy in a country that was run by a repressive military junta for nearly half a century.

The polls will be the first since a nominally civilian government was installed in 2011.