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Election Commission members to be approved Tuesday

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The new Union Election Commission (UEC) will be formed with eight members, based on a proposal made by President Thein Sien during a joint session of the Burmese Parliament on Monday.

Burmese President Thein Sein is the 8th president in the country's history. On Monday, he proposed the formation of an eight-member Election Commission, but no names were announced. The names will be announced and a vote taken on Tuesday.  Photo : MizzimaThe Parliament is expected to approve the list of EC members on Tuesday.

In other Parliament business, lawmakers unanimously approved the appointment of nine members to form the Constitutional Tribunal. 

The Parliament adjourned after a 13-minute session which started at 10 a.m. on Monday morning.

The names of the prospective UEC members were not announced. Their names and a vote on their appointment are scheduled to come up for approval at 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

In accordance with the new Constitution, the President must form the UEC with at least five members including a chairman and secretary. Members of the UEC must be more than age 50.

Members of political parties and parliamentary representatives cannot be appointed to the UEC, which is charged with supervising elections, investigating charges of abuse and  organising electoral tribunals to rule in disputes.

On Monday, three out of 659 lawmakers were absent: two lawmakers of the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) from Mandalay Division and a lawmaker of the National Unity Party (NUP) from Kachin State.

All of the lawmakers were absent for medical reasons. 

In accordance with parliamentary laws, if a lawmaker is absent from Parliament for 15 consecutive days without permission of the speaker of Parliament, the speaker has the right to declare their seat vacant and the UEC can take action against a lawmaker in accordance with the prescribed rules. 
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