MRCCI election regulations unresolved
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.