President pledges all-out efforts to ensure free and fair elections

President Thein Sein pledged he would try his best to hold free and fair elections in 2015, he said in his radio speech to the public on July 9.

“Giving the people a choice in their government ensures the election of political leaders who can guide the people can bring about political stability. We are the first civilian administration in decades. We will put concerted efforts into the holding the 2015 elections freely and fairly,” President Thein Sein said.

Parliament keeps retirement age at 60

Nay Pyi Taw – The Union parliament approved a proposal yesterday urging the government to keep the age of retirement for civil servants at 60 years of age rather than changing it to 63.

Political parties struggle with candidate list submission deadline

The candidate list submission schedule issued by the Union Election Commission on July 8 poses difficulties for us, the opposition National League for Democracy and ethnic parties reported on July 9.

The 2015 Myanmar general election will be held on November 8, the UEC announced Wednesday. Moreover, the UEC called on political parties to submit their lists of parliamentary candidates for the upcoming general election.

Military blocks reform again

The amendment bill for Section 436(a) of the Constitution was voted down by the Union Parliament by secret ballot yesterday (Wednesday).

Sixty-three MPs from various parties and military representatives joined the debate on Section 436(a), which allows military MPs to veto further changes to the Constitution, and other sections over five days. The elected MPs were willing to push for amendments but the military MPs blocked the changes.

Election set for Nov 8

The Union Election Commission has announced that the general election for all parliaments will be held on November 8.

The UEC held a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday (Wednesday) about fixing the polling day and the dates for nomination, scrutinising and revocation of candidates for the parliaments.

The parties can nominate candidates from July 20 with August 8 the deadline for nominations and August 11 for revocation. The UEC will scrutinise nominees from August 12 to August 21.

USDP MP submits urgent proposal about the retirement age of civil servants

MP U Khin Maung Nyo from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has submitted an urgent proposal today at the Union Parliament, urging the Union parliament and the Union government not to change to the retirement age of civil servants and keep the age of retirement to 60.

Without genuine unity and equality, civil war will continue, says ethnic MP

Lower House MP Sai Thein Aung from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy said he is concerned Myanmar will remain in a vicious circle of civil war unless a genuine Union with equality is established. 

He spoke during a discussion on the amendment bill for Section 436(a) of the constitution during a session of the Union parliament yesterday.

UEC, NLD discuss voting rights for squatters

The National League for Democracy (NLD) and the Union Election Commission (UEC) met in Naypyitaw on July 6 to discuss methods of ensuring accuracy in voter lists, said Htun Htun Hein, an NLD executive committee member.

In this meeting, the two organisations discussed the eligibility of voters without household registration to vote in the upcoming national election.

State owned media for the first time announces error on voting lists

State-owned newspapers for the first time announced on Tuesday there were some errors in the voting lists issued by the Union Election Commission (UEC) for the upcoming 2015 general election but failed to mention how to correct the errors.

In the UEC’s statement, it is clearly written on the procedures of collecting voting lists and for correcting the errors. It urged the public to go and check the voting lists so that correction can be made if there are errors.

Kayin State govt discusses Asia Hwy clashes with rebel groups

Officials from the Kayin State government met with the ethnic armed groups based the state, including the Karen National Union (KNU), Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) on July 7 in Hpa-an to discuss public concerns over clashes that erupted along the Asia Highway (Kawkareik–Myawady Road).