Referendum: MPs spurn President over ban on white card holders
|Myanmar's parliament convenes in the capital of Nay Pyi Taw on January 21, 2015. Photo: Supplied/NLD|
Lawmakers have rejected a recommendation from President U Thein Sein that would allow temporary citizens to vote in the constitutional referendum scheduled for May.
|U Tin Aye, chairman of the Union Election Commission talks during a meeting with political parties in Yangon on October 21, 2014. U Tin Aye called on political parties, civil society organisations and international aid groups to work for the country's general elections which will be held in late 2015. EPA/LYNN BO BO|
Members of the Union Election Commission say they are unsure if a constitutional referendum will take place in May, as the key logistics of the exercise remain shrouded in uncertainty five months before the vote is due to take place.
|Myanmar President U Thein Sein (C) shakes hand with officials as he arrives at Sittwe Airport in Rakhine State on December 26, 2014. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA|
President U Thein Sein has recommended that the temporary citizens known as white card holders be allowed to vote in the constitutional referendum proposed for May, after an opposition MP moved to disenfranchise them from the process last year.