Politics

Last voter lists announced on June 22

The Union Election Commission (UEC) will announce the last voter lists for Kachin and Rakhine states and other townships on June 22.

Representatives of Rakhine’s Buddhist community said they were closely monitoring the lists to see whether white-card holders, defined as immigrants without the rights of citizenship, were included in the voter lists.

Suu Kyi meets Chinese president

The chairperson of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. 

President Xi Jinping usually receives state leaders at the Great Hall of the People.  

Ethnic leader demands prisoner releases

The chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation Khun Myint Tun said that the release of prisoners would be negotiated with the government before signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Khun Myint Tun told the Law Khee Lar summit for armed ethnic groups that the release of the political prisoners was a necessary condition before the ceasefire could be signed.

Errors in voter lists reported

There are errors in the list of eligible voters in some regions, including Mandalay, Mawlamyine, Dawei and Loikaw, according to the Daily Eleven’s reporters. 

Mandalay Region

The lists of eligible voters in four districts in Mandalay Region – Mandalay, Kyaukse, Pyin-Oo-Lwin and Myingyan – were announced on June 8. There were many errors, including the inclusion of dead people, said Tin Ko Ko, secretary of the Mandalay National League for Democracy (NLD).

Charter change bill still bars Suu Kyi’s presidency

A bill on amending the 2008 Constitution was submitted to the Union Parliament today by MP Thein Zaw from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, although the changes it proposes are limited and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi would remain blocked from the presidency.

Parliament ready to discuss charter amendment bill

The Constitution amendment bill will be discussed in parliament soon since 20 per cent of the MPs including Aung San Suu Kyi have agreed to support the bill, said Tin Maung Oo, the Lower House MP of Shwepyithar Constituency of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) on Tuesday.

KNU chairperson: avoid firm policy in talks with government

Saw Muto Saypho, chairperson of the KNU, has called on senior political delegation team assigned to hold talks with the government on nationwide ceasefire agreement to avoid firm policy when discussing with the government and it is important to work to get a practical result.

The KNU chairperson made the comment during the summit of ethnic national leaders on June 9.

Upper House speaker to ‘wait and see’ before amending constitution

 
“I am going to wait and see whether or not to amend Section 59(F), which bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president,” said Khin Aung Myint, the speaker of the Upper House of parliament, on June 9.
 

Parliament seeks 20% approval for charter change

A process is under way to collect 20 per cent approval from MPs for a bill amending the 2008 Constitution in order to submit it to Parliament, MP Thein Tun of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party told reporters.

Thein Tun said the bill would be submitted on June 11 or 12 if the 20 per cent approval was received.

Election boss bullish on US concerns

The Union Election Commission (UEC) chairman said he did not care if the USA imposed sanctions if it was unhappy with the general election while he rebuffed allegations of blunders in the voter lists pointed out by the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).