Par­lia­ment wants OMI to ex­plain

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The Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw wants the Open Myan­mar Ini­tia­tive (OMI) to ex­plain its com­ments ques­tion­ing the amend­ments to the Con­sti­tu­tional Tri­bunal Law

THE Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw on Thurs­day de­manded that the Open Myan­mar Ini­tia­tive (OMI) ex­plain within seven days its com­ments ques­tion­ing why the amend­ments to the Con­sti­tu­tional Tri­bunal Law was not pub­lished in the par­lia­ment’s 2015 gazette.

The par­lia­ment said there was no amend­ment that hap­pened to the said law so there is no rea­son to pub­lish it again in the gazette.

“Al­though the par­lia­ment sug­gested to change the law, the pres­i­dent said he wanted to keep the orig­i­nal law. Fi­nally, I think the Union par­lia­ment agreed and ap­proved the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion (not to amend the law),” U Zaw Myint Pe, a mem­ber of Le­gal Com­mis­sion for the As­sess­ment of Le­gal Af­fairs and Spe­cial Is­sues told The Myan­mar Times by phone yes­ter­day.

“Ac­cord­ing to par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dures, there is no need to pub­lish it as a new law if there is no change in the orig­i­nal law. I think OMI mis­un­der­stood that pro­ce­dure,” he said.

The par­lia­ment noted that the press con­fer­ence held by OMI on Au­gust 3 gave the im­pres­sion that the law was lost in the leg­isla­tive process.

“It could break the trust be­tween the pub­lic and the par­lia­ment,” a Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw state­ment on Thurs­day said. “OMI has to give ex­pla­na­tions about their mis­take.”

U Nyan Nyan Htun, a mem­ber of the OMI said the or­gan­i­sa­tion will con­vene a meet­ing to dis­cuss the is­sue.

“We will con­vene an emer­gency meet­ing first in our or­gan­i­sa­tion and then we will solve this,” he said. “I can’t give any com­ments un­til af­ter our meet­ing.”

At the OMI press con­fer­ence, its lead­ers said laws pro­mul­gated in 2015 should be pub­lished by the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw in its an­nual gazette. But since then it did not pub­lish the law, the lead­ers of the group said.

“The full de­tail of the law is still un­known de­spite the fact it was ap­proved by the par­lia­ment,” the leader said.

“Par­lia­men­tary Hansard, only print sum­maries of bill com­mit­tees’ re­ports and ver­ba­tim de­lib­er­a­tions in the par­lia­ment. Ev­ery act pro­mul­gated was as­signed a se­rial num­ber which the law did not get one.” The OMI said in a press re­lease. “What hap­pened to the law af­ter ap­proval at the Pyi­daungsu Hlut­taw is still un­known.”

OMI is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished to con­trib­ute to na­tion build­ing, where peace is per­pet­ual and democ­racy flour­ishes. It does ar­chiv­ing of pub­lic in­for­ma­tion and records, con­duct­ing re­search, dis­sem­i­nat­ing re­search out­puts to cit­i­zens, pre­sent­ing re­search out­puts to rel­e­vant au­di­ences in­clud­ing cit­i­zens and or­gan­is­ing work­shops and ci­ti­zen ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

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