Former MP to lead commission
February 21 - 27, 2011
THE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw last week appointed a former Pyithu Hluttaw representative as chairman of the Union Election Commission, representatives in Nay Pyi Taw said after the meeting.
U Tin Aye, a former-Lieutenant General and member of the State Peace and Development Council, was nominated to lead the seven-member commission by President U Thein Sein on February 17, a day after he resigned from the Pyithu Hluttaw.
U Tin Aye was formally appointed on February 18, after no objections were filed to President U Thein Sein’s proposal within the specified timeframe.
U Tin Aye, a representative of Tada-Oo in Mandalay Region, also resigned as vice chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party, which won 388 of the 493 seats available in national legislatures at the November 7 election.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw agreed on February 15 to reform the Election Commission with seven members to prepare for imminent by-elections.
By-elections are required under article 89 of the Amyotha Hluttaw Election Law to replace representatives who were required to resign to take up positions in the new government and other bodies.
It is thought that as many as 70 by-elections will need to be held in national constituencies alone, as well as many more at the regional level. The law does not give a timeframe for the holding of by-elections.
An Amyotha Hluttaw representative present at the session on February 18 said he hoped U Tin Aye would organise the by-elections in a “morally upright” manner.
Lieutenant General (retired) U Tin Aye, 65, was the Chief of Defence Industries under the Ministry of Defence. He has previously served as commander-in-chief of Southern Command and chairman of the Bago Region Peace and Development Council.
U Tin Aye was born in 1945 in Lat Saung Yu Village in Tada-Oo township, Mandalay Region. On November 7 he defeated candidates from National Democratic Force, Union Democratic Party and National Unity Party, gaining more than 83 percent of the 82,756 valid votes.