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By-elections to be held early next year

By-elections will be held early next year to fill the seats in constituencies across the country, said a member of the Union Election Commission, responding to media questions after the Amyotha Hluttaw session yesterday.
By-elections will take place for the vacant seats of MPs who were appointed to Union offices in the government, said UEC member U Aung Myint, adding that work is underway to scrutinise the number of constituencies for by-elections.
“By-election date and the vacancies will be announced. I don’t want to reveal the exact number of vacant constituencies at the moment because more seats are likely to go vacant,” said the UEC member
According to the UEC, there are 10 seats to be filled at Amyotha, Pyithu and Region/State Hluttaws as the elected representatives of the vacant seats were appointed to Union-level offices after the 2015 general elections.
While responding to a question about Mongshu and Kyaythee townships in Shan State (South), where voting was suspended in the previous general elections, the UEC member said that elections will be held in the suspended constituencies if it is possible to hold free and fair elections at the time when by-elections are held.
Because of the suspension of polling that occurred in the two townships in Shan State, six seats— four seats at State Hluttaw and one seat each at Amyotha Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw— still remain unrepresented, said the UEC.
During yesterday’s Amyotha Hluttaw session, the Union Minister for Construction U Win Khaing replied to questions about construction works in Rakhine State, Shan State and Ayeyawady Region.
The Union minister said that Tein Nyo Bridge on Yangon-Sittwe road in MraukU district will be upgraded into a reinforced concrete facility with a two-way road.
Moreover, he pledged implementation of the Muse detour construction in Shan State (North) following coordination between the departments concerned and locals who own land through which the axis of the detour will pass through.
Regarding the Muse-Namtkham road, measures will be taken to scrutinise the prescribed tonnage limit for the 22-wheeled trucks through cooperation between local authorities and all ministries concerned.
Oriental Highway Co., Ltd, under the B.O.T system, will begin the tarmacking of the road in the open season this fiscal year. The company has been tasked with upgrading the road into a four-lane facility not later than 31 March, 2019, said the Union minister, adding that supervision on progress of the work will be done once every three months by the ministry.
Regarding construction of a bridge across the Ayeyawady river that connects Hinthada of Ayeyawady Region to Latpadan of Bago Region, the Union minister replied that a project feasibility study was being made in cooperation with Myanmar Railways to build a rail-cum-road bridge.
The Ayeyawady Bridge (Hinthada) project set to be implemented with the use of a Japanese loan will seek a parliamentary approval following permission granted by the President’s Office.
Next, a bill amending the 1973 Law of Myanmar Board of Examination was submitted to Amyotha Hluttaw.

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