MRCCI elec­tion reg­u­la­tions un­re­solved

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Local Business - KHIN SU WAI khin­suwai@mm­times.com

A NOVEM­BER 9 vote to main­tain a quar­ter of the ex­ist­ing ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers in the Man­dalay Re­gion Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MRCCI) has ended in a stale­mate, with 98 or­di­nary mem­bers sup­port­ive of the vote and 86 re­ject­ing it.

The vote was held ahead of the MRCCI new ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber elec­tion process for the three-year pe­riod be­tween 2017 and 2020, which will be held in De­cem­ber, and af­ter a meet­ing of ex­ist­ing or­di­nary mem­bers in Septem­ber.

At that meet­ing, mem­bers had called for the per­cent­age of ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers that re­mained on the MRCCI board for an­other term to be re­duced from 40 per­cent to 25pc.

Ac­cord­ing to MRCCI reg­u­la­tions, a vote must win the sup­port of at least two thirds of the mem­bers for a clear re­sult. As the Novem­ber 9 vote is con­sid­ered un­clear, the ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber elec­tion process for the new 2017-20 term may be post­poned un­til af­ter a new vote is held.

Of the 2,700 MRCCI mem­bers, which in­clude 600 who have re­newed their mem­ber­ships, only 190 showed up to vote at today’s Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing.

“Ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tions, the vote to re­duce the per­cent­age from 40pc to 25pc dur­ing the new term is un­re­solved, so a sec­ond EGM will be held.

“How­ever, the rules do not spec­ify by when the next EGM must be held. As such, we may post­pone the De­cem­ber elec­tion af­ter get­ting ap­proval from the UMFCCI [Union of Myan­mar Fed­er­a­tion of Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try],” said U Aung Than, chair of MRCCI.

The MRCCI was formed in 1992 but at that time, it did not elect its mem­bers demo­crat­i­cally. Since then, the MRCCI suc­cess­fully amended its con­sti­tu­tion and was sub­se­quently al­lowed to elect new ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers in 2014.

As a re­sult of the new and more flex­i­ble rules, the num­ber of ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers in­creased to 61 in the cur­rent MRCCI from 31 be­fore.

For the up­com­ing 2017-20 elec­tion, there will be a to­tal of 99 ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

Mem­bers of the Man­dalay Re­gion Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (MRCCI) meet with Ger­man busi­nesses. Photo: Supplied

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