UEC discusses electoral reform with political parties


The Union Election Commission organized an electoral system meeting with the representatives of political parties at the Yangon Region Government office yesterday.
During the meeting, UEC Chairman U Thein Soe said the meeting is the fourth one with the political parties. During the former meetings held in February, May and October 2021, it discussed the proper electoral system that fits the country, the political parties read out the papers and the UEC widely presented the fundamental facts.
The UEC reviewed the papers of political parties and informed the parties to negotiate on 22 November. During this meeting, the proper electoral design that should be conducted with PR system for Pyithu Hluttaw, Amyotha Hluttaw and Region Hluttaw will be discussed within the boundary of the 2008 Constitution during two days and the PR system paper resulting from the discussion will be read out on the third day.
The UEC chairman then highlighted about proper electoral system and procedures in establishing a multiparty democratic system, adoption of PR system, creation of all-inclusive structure and genuine, disciplined multiparty democracy system the fundamental fact of the 2008 Constitution.
He also talked about the use of the FPTP system in previous elections of Myanmar, the proper electoral system accordingly to the trend and 111 countries in the world that adopt the PR system. He said that it organized groups for a total of 115 people of 62 parties into six groups – Pyithu Hluttaw (2), Amyotha Hluttaw (2) and Region/State Hluttaw (2). Therefore, the UEC members and staff will support the discussion and the parties should exchange positive opinions for better electoral systems.
He then mentioned the case that only one party made efforts to grab the State Power by force and it caused the annulment of the 2020 election, interference of great world countries, basic facts to follow in a democratic system, the need to respect the Constitution for politic party affairs and to follow the existing law and implementation of the proper electoral system that is conformity with the country, race, culture and traditions.
During the second session of the meeting, six groups of political parties continued to discuss the proper election design under the PR system for Pyithu Hluttaw, Amyotha Hluttaw and Region/State Hluttaw. The meeting will be conducted on 25 and 26 December. — MNA

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