Although drafting of a parliamentary act to introduce a system of proportional representation has begun in the commission established by the Amyotha Hluttaw to consider the matter, it is highly unlikely that the system will be adopted in time for the 2015 elections, said an official from the Union Election Commission.
The petition signed by five million citizens in support of amending Section 436 of the Constitution will receive the consideration it deserves in parliament, the Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Thura U Shwe Mann, said on August 11.
A two week extension of the campaigning period for 2014’s expected by-elections will be granted for remote regional areas, but there will be no universal extension of the currently established one month election period, U Thaung Hlaing, director of the election department of the Union Election Commission told Mizzima on August 7.
The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party has unveiled plans for a campaign to attract more workers and farmers as members.
|National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the party's first national youth conference in Yangon on July 5. The conference was attended by 150 invited delegates. Photo: NLD|
Members of political parties have a special role in society and must be prepared to accept more responsibility than other citizens, delegates at the National League for Democracy's first youth conference were told by party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on July 6.