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February 27, 2018

Amyotha Hluttaw approves Ward and Village-tract Administration Bill removing guest registration requirement

Mahn Win Khaing Than, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw.
Mahn Win Khaing Than, Speaker of Amyotha Hluttaw.

THE Amyotha Hluttaw approved a Ward and Village-tract Administration Bill that removed the guest registration requirement from the 2012 Law yesterday.
Despite criticism from Defence Services personnel Hluttaw representatives who stressed the need to maintain the law, a majority of members of parliament approved the proposal to remove the sections that require residents to report overnight guests of the Ward and Village-tract Administration Law of 2012.
U Aung Kyi Nyunt, member of Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee, said that the colonial-era legislation that empowers authorities to detain suspects should be removed in order to bring it in line with the current situations.
A Defence Service Hluttaw representative pointed out that the provisions of guest registration should be kept in the law for security reasons, adding that it is required to uncover arms trafficking cases and arrest fugitives.
Supporting the removal of the guest registration requirement from the law, Advocate U Kyee Myint expressed his view that these provisions are causing people to live in a climate of fear.
Removing the guest registration requirement will require more police members and local authorities to keep a watchful eye on bad people in wards and villages, said Administrator Daw Wai Wai Myint of Aung Chantha ward in Sangyaung Township, Yangon.
The ward administrator stressed the need to be much more cautious about strangers to ensure security, suggesting that residents should inform ten-household heads and hundred- household heads of the entry of strangers into their own wards or villages.
According to sources, the bill approved in the Amyotha Hluttaw yesterday will be sent to the Pyithu


Thein Ko Lwin


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