LAST WEEK IN NAY PYI TAW
UEC to form election tribunals to adjudicate any objections
The Union Election Commission has said it will set up tribunals to adjudicate any objections it receives about the general election.
A workshop was held to discuss preparations for the formation of tribunals in Nay Pyi Taw on November 22, with UEC chairman U Tin Aye saying the tribunals will probe objections and cases of failure to submit campaign costs.
Participants at the workshop included UEC members, officials of the Supreme Court of the Union, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Union, and representatives from five local and foreign election observer groups.
The objective of the workshop was to ensure smoothness and transparency in the formation of the tribunals in line with the law, said U Tin Aye.
The UEC will set up tribunals in regions and states in order to gain full access to witnesses of those who make objections and those whose seats are being contested, the chairman said.
He added that the aim of the tribunals will be to settle cases speedily and keep hearing costs to a minimum.
The UEC has said it will cooperate with the Supreme Court of the Union and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Union.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses military cooperation with Israel
Deputy Minister for Defence Commodore Aung Thaw clarified a MoU on military cooperation in the defence sector and an agreement on the protection of secret information between Myanmar and Israel at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on November 23.
He said the MoU covers military training, the development of defence and security policies, legal matters in the defence sector, information sharing,
humanitarian and relief operations, military education in economics, science and technology and military medical science.
Aung Thaw also pointed out the benefits of signing the agreement on the protection of secret information between the two countries, including the promotion of defence and security cooperation, information sharing, the acquisition of technologies, and the exchange of visits.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker meets NLD leader
Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament) and Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Thura U Shwe Mann met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquillity Committee and the chairperson of the National League for Democracy on November 18.
Attendees at the meeting were Deputy Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and Pyithu Hluttaw U Nanda Kyaw Swa, Chairman of the Pyithu Hluttaw Bill Committee U T Khun Myat, Director-General of the Pyithu Hluttaw U Kyaw Soe, secretary of the Pyithu Hluttaw Rule of Law and Tranquillity Committee U Win Myint and MP Dr Zaw Myint Maung.
President receives Asst. Secretary Of State
President U Thein Sein met the US delegation led by Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel at the Presidential palace on November 24.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers U Wanna Maung Lwin, U Soe Thein, U Ye Htut, the US ambassador Derek Mitchell and responsible persons. They talked about the successful completion of the general elections, measures being taken for a smooth transition of power and Myanmar-US relations.