Election commission plans to submit bill recalling MPs

Nyein Zaw Lin and Myo Min Htet

The drafting of a bill recalling parliamentary representatives has finished and preparations are being made to submit it to the Union Parliament, said Aung Myint, a member of the Union Election Commission.

The information was disclosed after MP Thaung Aye on Monday asked in the Lower House as why there was a plan to pass a law for recall of members of parliament.

The bill was first suspended after it was debated in the first term of the Union Parliament. When it comes to recalling MPs, Section 396 (b) of the constitution states that a minimum of one per cent out of the original voters of the electorate of the constituency concerned shall submit the complaint to the Union Election Commission against the parliamentary representative on whom it wishes to recall.

However, during the first term of parliament, the MPs argued about the one per cent, pointing out much higher percentages in other countries. Consequently, the Union Parliament agreed to suspend the bill.

"The speaker of the second Lower House of Parliament directed the UEC and the deputy speaker to review the discussions of the previous bill for redrafting and submit it to the Union Parliament. Therefore, the UEC is now planning to submit the bill recalling MPs to the Union Parliament. After the parliamentary approval, we will act in accordance with that law," said the UEC member.