Sagaing demands relocation of regional office
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