Constituencies designated for holding of 2015 general election

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has announced the lists of constituencies on July 2 for the holding of 2015 general election of parliament representatives for Lower House, Upper House, Regions or States as well as ethnic representatives. Some constituencies where the 2010 general election weren’t held have been reentered on the lists.

Opposition leader to visit her constituency

YANGON- MP Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD), is going to visit her constituency of Kawhmu Township, Yangon Region, on Saturday and she will be meeting with departmental heads.

Later, she will visit the Hospitality and Catering Training Academy (HCTA) founded by her mother Khin Kyi, says an official from NLD.

Union Election Commission is responsible for the errors in the voter list

Many people from various fields criticize that the voter lists published throughout the country prior to the 2015 elections contain many errors and that the Union Election Commission (UEC) is responsible for the mistakes.
What are the mistakes?

Don’t touch judge terms: military MPs

The provision that the union chief justice and judges on the union supreme court shall hold office up to the age of 70 should remain unchanged, Colonel Aung Khin Zaw, a military MP, told Parliament.

Section 303 says that the chief justice and the supreme court judges shall hold office until they are 70.

A proposed amendment would change the term to five years.

Military charter veto could spark war: NLD

The constant refusals to amend the Constitution are increasing the danger of civil war with the armed ethnic organisations, says Myint Oo, a National League for Democracy MP.

Stop president picking top judge: MP

MP Aung Thein Lin of the Union Solidarity and Development Party is arguing that the executive has too much influence over the judiciary by selecting the union chief justice.

Students charged under Section 18 for charter change protest

University student leaders who led a protest calling for constitutional amendment and the abolishment of military seats from parliament on June 30 in downtown Yangon were charged with violating Section 18 of the penal code by law enforcement in Pabadan and Kyautada townships on July 1, according to a police officer in Yangon, Western District.

Referendum planned for election day

Thura Shwe Mann, the Union Parliament Speaker, has announced that MPs will submit a proposal to the Union Election Commission to jointly hold a referendum on whether to amend Section 59(d) of the Constitution and the election.

He said that more than 20 per cent of the representatives, led by MP Thein Zaw representing Myitkyina, Kachin State, submitted the bill on amending the Constitution on June 10.

Military MP opposes appointment of chief ministers by regional parliaments

In a parliamentary discussion on constitutional amendments yesterday, military-appointed MP Brigadier General Aung Kyaw opposed an amendment to Section 261, which would empower regional and state parliaments to appoint their own chief ministers.

The original text of Section 261 empowers the president to nominate regional and state chief ministers but requires local parliaments to confirm the president’s nominations.

Negotiation is needed to maintain ceasefire, says UWSA spokesman

Negotiations are necessary to ensure a long-lasting ceasefire between the Myanmar Army (Tatmadaw) and the United Wa State Party/the United Wa State Army (UWSP/UWSA), said UWSA spokesperson Aung Myint. 

The UWSA, after splitting from the Communist Party of Burma, reached a ceasefire agreement with the previous military junta in 1989. But according to local sources, tension has mounted after the government army arrested some Wa troops who were caught cutting wood in Mongton Township, Shan State, in early June.