MPs from 14 political parties, Tatmadaw (military) MPs and independents met twice to discuss the committee’s formation. In Tuesday’s vote, 389 MPs voted for, 192 against, and three abstained.
Although some MPs asked to speak before the vote, the Speaker would not allow them.
The two meetings did not take input from other parties, said U Thaung Aye, Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) MP for Pyawbwe in Mandalay Region.
“Besides the USDP, the Arakan National Party and military MPs also submitted input regarding the composition of the committee, but it was not addressed or taken into consideration,” U Thaung Aye said.
“We will not try to amend the constitution through shortcuts. We will make this a collective effort rather than one led by one party or group,” said Deputy Speaker U Tun Tun Hein.
“The committee will comprise 45 members, including a chairman. Eight MPs from the military and two from the USDP are not named on the list, as they have not submitted a list of nominees,” said U Thaung Aye.
The committee will stand until it drafts a report and the Constitution Bill is submitted to the hluttaw.
“The committee chair will cast the deciding voting in the event of a tied vote in the committee,” said U Myat Nyana Soe, secretary of the committee.