June 30, 2017

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Parliament approves election commission, constitutional tribunal

72THE second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved the nominees for the chairmanship and membership of the five-member Union Election Commission and the nine-member Constitutional Tribunal of the Union during yesterday’s session.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced that the five-member Union Election Commission will be headed by U Hla Thein and will include members U Aung Myint, U Soe Yal, U Tun Khin and U Hla Tint. No objection was made to the nominees proposed by President-elect U Htin Kyaw last week.
Regarding formation of the nine-member Constitutional Tribunal, the speaker announced that military-appointed MP Lt-Col Tun Lin Oo, raised an objection to the nomination of Daw Khin Htay Kywe and U Twar Kyin Paung.
In response to the objection, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker replied that the decision would be made by voting, though the speaker has the right to dismiss the objection that was lodged with no firm evidence in accordance with Pyidaungsu Hluttaw rules and regulations.
According to Article 328 of the constitution, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw shall have no right to reject persons nominated for membership on the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union by the President unless the nominees can be proved to be disqualified.
During the vote, 435 MPs voted against the objection to Daw Khin Htay Kywe, and 432 MPs voted against the objection to U Twar Kyin Paung. The two were both confirmed.
Next, the Speaker announced the formation of the nine-member Constitutional Tribunal of the Union led by U Myo Nyunt, along with members U Nyi Nyi, U Myint Win, U Myo Myint, U Khin Maung Cho, Daw Khin Htay Kywe, U Twar Kyin Paung, Daw Hla Myo Nwe and U Kyaw Hsan.—Myanmar News Agency

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