Regulations are prescribed in the interest of the national races and the delegates

Yangon, 17 May - The following is translation of clarification on procedures for convening the National Convention made by Secretary of the National Convention Convening Commission Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan:

National races and people of all walks of life living in the country are now gathered in this hall to lay down detailed basic principles for legislation, administration, judiciary and sharing of power that should be included in drafting the new Constitution for the new nation.

Whenever meetings, seminars and conference are held, ways to be discussed, forms to be presented and rules to be coordinated are to be laid down for the successful holding of these meetings. If there are no rules and regulations and there is discordance, there may be delay and we will not be able to reach the goal.

Therefore, according to the changed conditions, the National Convention Convening Commission has re-written the procedures for convening the National Convention adopted at the previous National Convention.

Here, I am going to present briefly procedures for convening the National Convention.

Introduction and seven chapters are included in the book "Procedures for Convening the National Convention". The six objectives of the National Convention namely:

1.Non-disintegration of the Union,

2.Non-disintegration of national solidarity,

3.Perpetuation of sovereignty,

4.Flourishing of genuine multiparty democracy system,

5.Further burgeoning of the noblest and worthiest of worldly values, namely justice, liberty and equality in the State and

6. For the Tatmadaw to be able to participate in the national political leadership role of the State are described in Chapter 1. Delegates are to discuss matters relating to laying down detailed principles for drafting the enduring State Constitution within the framework of these six objectives.

In Chapter 2, representatives who should be invited to attend the National Convention are described as:

1.delegates of political parties

2.delegates of representatives-elect

3.delegates of national races

4.delegates of peasants

5.delegates of workers

6.delegates of intellectuals and intelligentsia

7. delegates of State service personnel and

8.other invited delegates

In performing the duties of the National Convention, seven duties and three rights are being designated. All are to enjoy the rights and subject to the duties. Moreover, code of ethics and discipline to be abided by delegates are also drawn. Delegates should realize and abide by these rules which are laid down with the aim of holding the National Convention successfully which is the most important for the State and the people.

Some of the most important ethics and rules are as follows:

1. To be loyal to the Union of Myanmar and not to accept any other country's patronage

2. To follow  instructions given by the chairman of group and Panel of Chairmen of the National Convention

3. To comport according to the dignity of a delegate and not to disturb and hinder the functions of the National Convention

4. Not to seek self-interest misusing the responsibilities of a delegate

5. To discuss at the meeting objectively and to avoid speaking ill of others personally or of a certain organization

6. Whenever entering or going out of the meeting hall, all are to bow to the State flag

7. Before releasing the news about the National Convention officially, delegates are to keep it secret

In holding the sessions, panel of chairmen is necessary to supervise the session and thus, it is designated to form the panel of chairmen with five representatives form the National Convention Convening Work Committee, ten from delegates of political parties and delegates of representatives-elect, five each from delegates of national races, delegates of peasants, delegates of workers, delegates of intellectuals and intelligentsia, delegates of State service personnel and other invited delegates and in doing so, the representatives of the respective groups are to select on their own.

For various reasons, there are vacancies in the panel of chairmen and thus substitutions are to be made.

The Chapter (3) touches upon accounting the number of the delegates attending a meeting and validity of the meeting. National Convention meetings are valid if 50 per cent of the delegates attend the meeting.

The Chapter (4) of the National Convention Procedures deals with the procedures to be followed in discussing matters and making suggestions. He first presented procedures to be followed at the group-wise meetings as follow:

(1) Delegates are to submit their proposals and make suggestions to the Panel of Chairmen only after making discussions in respective delegate groups. The Panel of Chairmen is to collect same proposals and submit them to the National Convention Plenary Meeting.

(2) In addition to proposals agreed by the majority of respective groups, individual proposals or proposals agreed by two or three delegates are to be submitted to the National Convention Plenary Meeting only after making group-wise discussions.

(3) Delegates of political parties and representatives-elect are to submit proposals and suggestions to the National Convention Plenary Meeting through the Panel of Chairmen only after making discussions in respective groups.

(4) Along with proposals agreed by the majority of respective political parties, proposals of  delegates representing political parties,  independent representatives-elect and proposals agreed by two or three delegates are to be submitted to the National Convention Plenary Meeting with permission of the Panel of Chairmen only after making discussions in respective groups.

(5) If there is a disagreement over the proposals among political parties, respective delegate groups and independent representatives-elect, the National Convention Convening Work Committee will have to make adjustments as far as it can in order to settle down the disagreement.

Next, he presented the procedures of the National Convention as follows:

(1) Proposals and suggestions to be submitted to the National Convention Plenary Meeting are to be stated exactly and clearly.

(2) The proposals and suggestions papers are to be attached with the list of delegate or delegates who will read out them at the meeting and to submit them to respective chairman at the designated time.

(3) With complete lists of delegates and papers to be discussed, the National Convention Convening Work Committee will begin the Plenary Meeting.

(4) In reading out the proposals and suggestions at the Plenary Meeting, the papers must the ones that have been already submitted in advance to be confirmed. Besides, the papers are to be read out by the one whose name has been already enlisted, and he has to read out only suggestions in the confirmed papers.

(5) At group-wise meeting or Plenary Meetings, proposals and suggestions are to be submitted in the frame of the six objectives of the National Convention.

If there are differences in the suggestions presented at the meeting, the National Convention Convening Work Committee is to make necessary arrangements for making suggestions included again to settle them amicably.

There are also prescribed rules and regulations to be followed in holding discussions at the plenary meeting and the group-wise meeting to be in conformity with the dignity of the Convention and to ensure the successful holding of the Convention. They are:

1. do not express disloyalty to the State

2. do not talk about something that is detrimental to non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of national solidarity and perpetuation of sovereignty

3.  do not talk about the interest of organizations and persons that are not in the framework of law

4. do not talk about something that is detrimental to national solidarity, mutual help and respect

5.  do not talk ill of any language and religion

6.  do not talk about topics that are not related to the matters being discussed

7.  do not accuse and talk ill of a certain delegate subjectively

8.  do not abuse the meeting by discrediting other organisations and persons and crediting own attributes

9.  a delegate is to discuss the topics in line with the proposal paper sent in advance and not to discuss the topics that are not included in the paper. If a delegate reads out some topics that are not included in the proposal paper, only the original paper will be put on record.

When the plenary meeting or the meeting of the delegate groups are in progress, the delegates are not allowed to walk out individually or in group and to mock others. It is important for the delegates to follow the regulations for success of the National Convention. There are some don'ts for the delegates for successful holding of the National Convention.

These regulations are prescribed not for .repression but for the interest of the national races and the delegates. Some important points in the don'ts are - not to distribute documents which are not permitted by the National Convention Work Committee, not to talk about the documents nor publish them outside and not to bring arms and ammunition into the hostels and meeting hall when the meeting is in progress. He said these are some points of procedure on the National Convention and they aim at successful holding of the National Convention. I would also like to present the fulfilment regarding management for enabling the delegates to attend the Convention with peace of mind, he said.

New hostels were built along with mass halls and kitchens and meals are being served with daily menu. Arrangements have been made for vegetarians to enjoyed meals in line with religion. In the meantime, TV, Karaoke, newspapers, movies, stage show, gymnasium, golf course are being provided for health and recreation of the delegates. A hospital complete with specialists, modern medicines and medical equipment is being opened in the camp while restaurants, beauty parlour, barber shop, optical shop and grocery shop are being opened for the delegates.  In addition, telephones, faxes, ferries are also facilitated. All the necessary requirements have been fulfilled by the committees under the leadership of Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt in accord with the guidance of Head of State Senior General Than Shwe.

In accord with the instructions which call for paying special attention to the health of the delegates the health group including medical specialists are checking and supervising meals for delegates daily. Only wholesome meals that are conducive to the rainy season are served to the delegates. The delegates are advised to put on suitable clothes, to avoid having bath at a unreasonable time and eat junk food and are advised to go hospital even they catch cold. I would like to explain matters related to security to the delegates. Discipline on security have been prescribed as necessary requirements for the Convention and the delegates. In this regard, the delegates should not regard them as strict discipline and are to make concerted efforts for successful holding of the Convention, realizing that these measures are taken for their security, he added.

In conclusion, the minister wished the delegates to make earnest efforts in drafting an enduring Constitution in the interest of the State and the people, enjoying their physical and spiritual well-being.

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