Sa­gaing de­mands re­lo­ca­tion of re­gional of­fice

The Myanmar Times - - News - SI THU LWIN sithul­win@mm­times.com

SA­GAING city res­i­dents are de­mand­ing that the of­fices of their lo­cal gov­ern­ment be re­lo­cated into their township.

The Sa­gaing di­vi­sion of­fices were moved to Monywa in 1995 un­der the State Law and Or­der Restora­tion Coun­cil, in or­der to po­si­tion them close to the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions base.

But Sa­gaing res­i­dents say it’s high time for the bu­reau­crats to come back, and are col­lect­ing sig­na­tures in a pe­ti­tion for the of­fices to re­turn to the area they rep­re­sent in ac­cor­dance with the 2008 con­sti­tu­tion.

“We want the township and dis­trict of­fices to be based in their con­stituen­cies, as spec­i­fied in the con­sti­tu­tion,” said U Kyi Soe Tun, sec­re­tary of the com­mit­tee lead­ing the re­turn cam­paign.

“We will be­gin col­lect­ing sig­na­tures on Novem­ber 21. First, we will col­lect sig­na­tures in all 23 wards of Sa­gaing city. Af­ter that we will col­lect sig­na­tures in the vil­lages which are nearby Sa­gaing city … All states and re­gions have re­gion of­fices that are based in their re­spec­tive re­gion. It is only Sa­gaing that does not have a rel­e­vant re­gion of­fice.”

Books to col­lect sig­na­tures will be sta­tioned in tea shops and restau­rants through­out the city. A door-to-door cam­paign will also oc­cur in vil­lages on the city out­skirts. A deadline has not been set for the end of the cam­paign.

Af­ter col­lect­ing sig­na­tures, the com­mit­tee will send the pe­ti­tion to the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice, the hlut­taw Speak­ers, the Con­sti­tu­tional Tri­bunal and the Of­fice of the Com­man­der-in-Chief of De­fence Ser­vices.

“Sa­gaing is a re­gion and it should have a re­gion of­fice to rep­re­sent it,” U Zaw Lin Tun, a res­i­dent of Sa­gaing city, told The Myan­mar Times on Novem­ber 15.

– Trans­la­tion by Win Thaw Tar

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