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Title: How powerless are Myanmar's military legislators?
Date of publication: 05 June 2016
Description/subject: "...Notwithstanding the recent consolidation of the military bloc, a series of bold moves by the NLD under its leader, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, have highlighted a reality often overlooked. Despite their automatic seat allocation, military representatives cannot block ordinary legislation. While the military contingent holds a constitutional veto by virtue of the 75% "supermajority" required for any charter amendments, it does not hold a blanket legislative veto. All other bills only require a simple majority vote. In effect, with the majority gained from its resounding victory in the 2015 polls, the NLD can ram through legislation, as long as the new laws do not alter constitutional rule. Likewise, proposals drafted by military members of parliament can only be adopted with the NLD's approval..."
Language: English
Source/publisher: Nikkei Asian Review
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.burmanet.org/news/2016/06/06/nikkei-asian-review-how-powerless-are-myanmars-military-leg...
Date of entry/update: 07 June 2016

Title: Ensuring Free and Fair Elections in a Democratic Burma: Establishing an Electoral System and Election Processes
Date of publication: April 2001
Description/subject: "A country embarking on a transition to democracy has many issues to deal with. One of the most critical is the question of elections, the type of system chosen and the manner in which elections are conducted.1 Free and fair elections are necessary to establish a democratic, human rights-based society, and to ensure that the government and the state are legitimate.2 The right to vote is an instrument of power for both the voter and the state. When giving the people the right to vote, it is necessary to determine who is permitted to vote, and to regulate the exercise of the vote through a system which could include legislation and ways of verifying the identity of people. Such a system helps to prevent non-resident citizens from voting, and to exclude residents who do not qualify to vote. In some countries, for example, prisoners may not vote..."
Author/creator: Jeremy Sarkin
Language: English
Source/publisher: "Legal Issues on Burma Journal" No. 8 (Burma Lawyers' Council)
Alternate URLs: The original (and authoritative) version of this article may be found in http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Legal%20Issues%20on%20Burma%20Journal%208.pdf
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

Title: Convening the People's Assembly: A Legal Analysis
Date of publication: May 1999
Description/subject: "According to Burma's two supposedly superseded constitutions, that of 1947 and 1974, the Pyithu Hluttaw (the People's Assembly) is the body charged with exercising State power. The 1989 Pyithu Hluttaw Election Law (called the Election Law), under which the 1990 elections were conducted, also provides that the duty of representatives elected in accordance with the Election Law is to form the Pyithu Hluttaw (Section 3). The ruling military junta, the people of Burma and the international community acknowledged without qualification that the May 1990 general election was free, fair and lawful. It then follows that those representatives elected by the people in the 1990 election have the lawful right to form a Pyithu Hluttaw that exercises legislative power and appoints a government in accordance with the legal norms of Burma..."
Author/creator: Burma Lawyers' Council
Language: English
Source/publisher: Legal Issues on Burma Journal No. 3 (Burma Lawyers' Council)
Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003