Military administration in Myanmar is preparing for proportional representation electoral system

Political party representatives, who attended the 3-day meeting held in Yangon under the auspices of the Union Election Commission (UEC), established by the military administration, discussed the election system.

Speaking at the meeting, UEC President Thein Soe noted that they support the proposal to replace the current electoral system with one based on proportional representation.

Pointing out that the current system only allows the major parties to form the government, Soe stated that a system should be adopted in which the parties will be given seats based on the total votes they receive.

President Soe also evaluated that the new electoral system they proposed would strengthen the task of supervising the government by allowing different parties to be represented in the parliament.

Local media reports state that the change in the electoral system was designed to break the influence of the National Union for Democracy (NLD), led by the country’s former de facto leader and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the overwhelming majority in the general elections on November 8, 2020.

About 50 political parties attended the meeting, including the military-backed Union, Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), while some major parties such as the NLD boycotted the event.

The leader of the military administration, General Min Aung Hlaing, said last month that the UEC would hold talks with political parties and non-governmental organizations, pointing out that they had “agreed on a proportional representation system”.

The 2008 constitution, shaped by the former junta regime, gives the military 25 percent of the seats in parliament.

NLD won 68 percent of the vote in last year’s elections, with 396 seats in parliament.

– Military coup in Myanmar

The Myanmar army seized power on February 1, after allegations of fraud in the general elections in 2020 and political tension in the country.

The army had detained many officials and ruling party leaders, especially the country’s de facto leader and Foreign Minister Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.

As a result of the armed intervention of the Myanmar army against the anti-coup protesters and rebel groups, more than a thousand people have lost their lives and thousands of demonstrators have been detained. Military court trials of senior government officials continue in the country.

On the other hand, although the resistance movement against military rule has established “people’s defense forces” in many areas, these forces, which mostly operate locally, carry out small-scale operations.

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