THE RIGHT HAND MAN — Presidential Electoral College elects three vice-presidents

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THE two houses separately voted to confirm U Htin Kyaw and U Hnery Van Thio as candidates for the presidency and vice presidency yesterday while a group of military representatives put forth U Myint Swe, a former Lt-Gen, as its nominee for vice presidency.
Following election of the candidates, a body for scrutinising presidential qualifications is working out whether or not the vice-presidential candidates possess the qualifications prescribed for the position.
The7-member body comprising the speakers and deputy speakers of the Amyotha Hluttaw and the Pyithu Hluttaw, representatives from the two houses and military representatives is expected to announce their findings on 14 March, said an MP.
When voting at the second day meeting of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s presidential electoral college, 274 of 317 representatives voted for U Htin Kyaw while votes of 29 representatives went for Dr Sai Mauk Kham. Of 317 votes, 14 were deemed invalid.
Likewise, the Amyotha Hluttaw’s presidential electoral college voted on a vice-president. U Henry Van Thaio received 148 votes while U Khin Aung Myint won 13 votes. Of 167 votes, six were deemed invalid.
A group of the presidential electoral college formed with Defense Services personnel Hluttaw representatives have also approved Lt-Gen Myint Swe (Retired) for the vice-president.
According to the law, rules and regulations of the election of the President and Vice-Presidents, a list of the names of vice-presidents elected by three groups of the Presidential Electoral College will be put forward to the Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

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