Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:13
MP Thura Aung Ko replies to the queries of journalists (Photo- Nyein Zaw Lin/EMG)
An MP from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) told the press on Tuesday that it is too early to implement proportional representation in Myanmar.
"Most of the ethnic parties and members of parliament of the ruling USDP will be unlikely to accept the PR system, but it will be debated in the current parliament. I think it will not be successful," said Thura Aung Ko.
Thura Aung Ko was answering questions by reporters during a Parliamentary break.
Myanmar currently practises a first-past-the-post voting system (winner takes all), in which the candidate who receives the highest number of votes is elected. Some parties have been pushing for Myanmar to adopt a proportional voting system arguing that it would allow for a fairer representation of smaller ethnic parties.
The ruling USDP, which currently holds a majority in both upper and lower houses, opposes such a move which could challenge their majority hold of the legislature. The military also hold 25 percent of the seats in Parliament as prescribed in the 2008 constitution.
In response to questions by reporters, Thura Aung Ko replied that 25 percent of Parliament which is currently held by army representatives will also vote against any change in the current voting system.
"The PR system will be discussed in Parliament. It will be decided by vote system. As the MPs of the ruling USDP are the large part of the parliament, there will be widespread objection to the proposal," said Thura Aung Ko.
The discussions about changing to a proportional system before the 2015 election were recently held at the first Central Committee Meeting of the ruling USDP, but no decision was made. The proposal to change from to a proportional system was submitted to the Union Election Commission in order to be discussed and approved by Parliament, the commission announced on June 14.
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