MPs demand block on executive interference

The Lower House Bill Committee has put forward a motion to amend institutional laws that allow the president, vice-presidents and other members of the executive branch to participate in party politics, in breach of the Constitution.

Tin Maung Oo, the lower house MP for Shwepyitha, said that several constitutional sections forbid governmental leaders from involvement in party politics.

Parliament to discuss amending Section 436(A) on June 23

Nay Pyi Taw - Seventy-five members of parliament will be on the list to discuss the bill containing amendments to Section 436(A) of the 2008 constitution on June 23 before seeking approval in the Union parliament.

Thura Shwe Mann, the Speaker of the Union parliament, presented this discussion plan to parliament in Nay Pyi Taw on June 18.

UEC member lashes out at criticism

Win Ko, one of the eight members of the Union Election Commission [UEC], said the polling watchdog did not care about facing criticism and denunciations of its lawful acts.

He was meeting sub-commission officials in Hinthada District, Ayeyarwady Region, along with members of political parties, civil society organisations and the media.

Myanmar govt uses more threats to media as election nears, says Amnesty

Myanmar's government is using threats, harassment and imprisonment to intimidate the media ahead of national elections later this year, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
The human rights group said in its report that efforts to restrict freedom of expression have intensified over the past year, with at least 10 members of the media currently languishing in prison, all of them jailed in the last 12 months.

USDP caught using unofficial party name on signboards

The Union Election Commission (UEC) has prohibited the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) from erecting signboards in Rakhine State that read “Rakhine people’s USDP.”

The UEC does not allow using unofficial names on signboards, said UEC member Myint Naing.

Upper House MP Ohn Tin raised the issue of using unofficial party names on signboards during a parliament session on June 16.

Four protesters denied bail over incomplete documents

Four protesters charged under Section 505 (b) were denied bail due to incomplete documents while six others have been released on a Ks 1 million (US$1,000) bail each.

The defendants worked at the Ford Glory Garments and Costec Garments industries and have been prosecuted after their protest was dispersed by force on March 4. They are now standing trial at the Yankin Township Court.

Constitutional amendment bill needs approvals of more than 476 MPs

The Join Bill Committee in the Union parliament suggested that the constitutional amendment bill should require the votes of more than 476 members of parliament out of a total of 634, and voting must be transparent.
Committee chairperson Nanda Kyaw Swar read out an analysis report on Section 436(A) and (B) of the draft of the constitutional amendment bill at the Union parliament session in Nay Pyi Taw on June 16. 

Suu Kyi satisfied with China trip

The National League for Democracy's chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi says she is satisfied with her China tour and might divulge more details about it soon.

"The NLD is working for the country. It's not working for itself only. Everything with this visit was OK. I'm satisfied with it," Suu Kyi told reporters on June 15.

"I will consider whether I should make a press conference about it. We will have a central committee meeting," she said.

MP Phyo Zayar Thaw, who was also on the visit, said it was a success.

NLD claims 40% voter list inaccuracy

Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann met voters in Pyinmana to respond to claims by Win Naing Oo, secretary of the city National League for Democracy (NLD), of numerous mistakes in the voter lists.

“The voter lists for Pyinmana townships and villages contained many mistakes at the first announcement. We would like, through the kind request of the Speaker, to reduce the amount of mistakes as much as possible before the second announcement of the list is made. The NLD will be working in cooperation throughout the process,” said Win Naing Oo.

Suu Kyi welcomed home

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has returned to Yangon after her five-day trip to China. Supporters welcomed her at Yangon International Airport with placards saying she must become president this year.

On June 11, Chinese President Xi Jinping met her in Beijing and called for a more consistent bilateral relationship despite any domestic changes.

Suu Kyi said she wanted stronger ties between her National League for Democracy (NLD) and the Chinese Communist Party and its president.