Monday, July 24, 2017

Voters try to remove NLD rep

Residents in Mandalay Region’s Tada Oo township have launched a petition to remove their National League for Democracy Pyithu Hluttaw representative, who they have accused of interfering in a party assembly.

On January 25 they announced they would collect signatures to “recall” Daw Khin Thandar, who was elected in the April 2012 by-elections.

“Daw Khin Thandar used undemocratic methods to try to help her brother win a ward assembly and because of this it had to be held twice,” said Dr.Aung Soe Myint, secretary of the party’s district assembly commission on January 25.

“She was also dishonest at the township assembly, which was held on January 20. She controlled some voters to get votes and we found out about it through a video recording of the assembly. If she stays in the party, our party will lose dignity and residents don’t like her now. Therefore, we are making preparations to dismiss her,” he said.

The ward and township assemblies were held to select delegates for the party’s upcoming national assembly, which it says will be held by the end of this month.

Under section 396(a) of the constitution, hluttaw representatives can be recalled for high treason, breaching the constitution, misbehavior, failing to meet the criteria for a hluttaw representative and inefficient discharge of duties.

To recall their representative, at least 1 percent of the “original” voters in the electorate must submit a complaint to the Union Election Commission, which then investigates the allegation.

However, section 397 states that the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw “shall enact the necessary laws” to recall a representative. While the bill to recall a representative was submitted to parliament in August 2012, it has not yet been approved.

Dr Aung Soe Myint said that after getting enough signatures from residents the group will submit the documents to the commission. He said he had already sent a letter about Daw Khin Thandar’s actions to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on January 4.

“We can easily get a minimum of 1pc of the original voters. There were about 96,000 voters in our constituency and all we need is about 1000 signatures … most residents don’t like her behaviour,” he said.

U Myat Swe, an NLD member from Tada Oo’s Latsaungyu village said on January 31 that more than 1000 signatures had already been collected and the documents would be sent to the election commission.

“If [Daw Khin Thandar] continues to get a role in coming assemblies, I will resign from the party and will remove the party signboard that is hanging from the front of my home. Some residents will also do the same,” he said.

Daw Khin Thandar won the seat of Tada Oo in a 2012 by-election by defeating rivals from the Union Solidarity and Development Party, National Democratic Force and Unity and Peace Party.

The Myanmar Times visited Daw Khin Thandar’s house in Tada Oo last week to seek an interview but her family said she was in Nay Pyi Taw, which was disputed by members of the group trying to unseat the NLD representative. Other efforts to reach her were unsuccessful.