September 25, 2017

Parliament to vote on tying referendum to general election

Representatives of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discuss holding referendum along with the coming general election. MNA
Representatives of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discuss holding referendum along with the coming general election. MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 21 July — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will vote on whether to suspend a constitutional referendum scheduled to coincide with the 8 November general election, the Speaker of the joint assembly said Tuesday.
At the parliamentary meeting, Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann relayed a letter from the Chairman of the Union Election Commission recommending the suspension of the referendum on an amendment to Section 59 (d) changing the word “military” to “defence” in a clause stipulating that a president must be “well acquainted with the political, administrative, economic and military affairs of the Union.”
In the letter, the Union Election Commission chairman said holding the referendum along with the upcoming general elections would save time and money. However, a referendum should be held separately and requires more than K4,729 million to complete the task, according to the Speaker.
During a parliamentary meeting on 25 June, out of six proposed changes to the constitution, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw voted in favour of only one, the amendment to Section 59 (d).
Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann previously suggested holding the referendum at the same time as the general election to reduce costs.— GNLM

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