Burma Times – January 21, 2016
The Union Election Commission in Myanmar has announced on January 19 that it appointed 366 army representatives for all three levels of new parliament mostly which will lead by NLD. All those are to take up 25 percent of the parliamentary seats.
In Myanmar’s 2008 constitution, it is stated that a 25 percent of the all parliamentary seats are to be taken by military to whom appointed directly by Myanmar Army-Chief without any election.
Among them 110 representatives are appointed for the House of Representatives ( Pyi Taung Su Lwetdaw- Lower House), where 56 are for House of Nationalities (Amyo Thar Lwetdaw – Upper House) and the rest 200 are for 14 states or regions parliaments.
In 110 Military MPs for House of Representatives, it is included 2 Major-Generals, 6 Brigadier-Generals and 7 colonels, while the other one Major-General, 5 Brigadier-Generals and 4 Colonels are included among the 56 MPs of the House of Nationalities.
The next term of new sessions of both the House of Representatives and the House of Nationalities will begin on February 1.
Despite the preparation taking by both NLD and army for new government, still it is hard to believe the smooth transition of power at the people of Myanmar.
However, it is mentioned that the new government will take the office at the end of March 2016.
In November 8, 2015 general election, the NLD won 886 (77 %) of parliamentary seats of 1150 in all levels where 255 seats (79 %) in the House of Representatives, 135 seats (80 %) in the House of Nationalities and 496 seats (about 76 %) in the Region or State Parliament.
The contemporary ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) takes only 30 seats in the House of Representatives, 12 in the House of Nationalities and 76 in the region or state parliaments which makes a total of 118 seats (10 %) in all level.