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Laws, decrees and regulations relating to the parliamentary process

  • Laws, decrees and regulations relating to the parliamentary process (commentary)

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    Title: Ensuring Free and Fair Elections in a Democratic Burma: Establishing an Electoral System and Election Processes
    Date of publication: April 2001
    Description/subject: "A country embarking on a transition to democracy has many issues to deal with. One of the most critical is the question of elections, the type of system chosen and the manner in which elections are conducted.1 Free and fair elections are necessary to establish a democratic, human rights-based society, and to ensure that the government and the state are legitimate.2 The right to vote is an instrument of power for both the voter and the state. When giving the people the right to vote, it is necessary to determine who is permitted to vote, and to regulate the exercise of the vote through a system which could include legislation and ways of verifying the identity of people. Such a system helps to prevent non-resident citizens from voting, and to exclude residents who do not qualify to vote. In some countries, for example, prisoners may not vote..."
    Author/creator: Jeremy Sarkin
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: "Legal Issues on Burma Journal" No. 8 (Burma Lawyers' Council)
    Alternate URLs: The original (and authoritative) version of this article may be found in http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Legal%20Issues%20on%20Burma%20Journal%208.pdf
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003

    Title: Convening the People's Assembly: A Legal Analysis
    Date of publication: May 1999
    Description/subject: "According to Burma's two supposedly superseded constitutions, that of 1947 and 1974, the Pyithu Hluttaw (the People's Assembly) is the body charged with exercising State power. The 1989 Pyithu Hluttaw Election Law (called the Election Law), under which the 1990 elections were conducted, also provides that the duty of representatives elected in accordance with the Election Law is to form the Pyithu Hluttaw (Section 3). The ruling military junta, the people of Burma and the international community acknowledged without qualification that the May 1990 general election was free, fair and lawful. It then follows that those representatives elected by the people in the 1990 election have the lawful right to form a Pyithu Hluttaw that exercises legislative power and appoints a government in accordance with the legal norms of Burma..."
    Author/creator: Burma Lawyers' Council
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Legal Issues on Burma Journal No. 3 (Burma Lawyers' Council)
    Date of entry/update: 03 June 2003