The section covers the appointment of the chief ministers of Myanmar’s regions and states.
The 30-member committee was reporting to the hluttaw on the second amendment bill submitted by U Then Tun, MP for Kyaunggon in Ayeyarwaddy Region.
“If amendments are made to every section of the constitution, we would have to submit several bills to the hluttaw multiple times,” said U Myat Nyarna Soe, secretary of the committee.
Twenty-five committee members recommended referring the matter to the recently formed Constitutional Amendment Committee. But the other five members – from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Arakan National Party and Tatmadaw (military) – objected to the move, U Myat Nyarna Soe said.
“Transferring the issue is unacceptable,” U Thaung Aye, the USDP’s MP for Pyawbwe in Mandalay Region, told reporters.
“The hluttaw is the lawmaking body. If it doesn’t obey the law but takes sides, it would be impossible to rule according to law,” said Brigadier General Maung Maung, one of the military MPs on the Joint Bill Committee.