The secretary of the constitutional amendment implementation committee says it will disregard a petition opposing changes to the charter because it contains 10,000 signatures that appear to have been written by the same hand.

U Aye Mauk said the petition had been attached to a report from the joint parliamentary constitution review committee appointed last June to compile submissions on amendments to the charter.

“The petition will have no effect on the reform process,” U Aye Mauk told Mizzima on February 19.

The petition opposes amendments to clauses of the constitution that provide for appointed members of the military to hold 25 percent of the seats in the nation’s parliaments and which impose restrictions on eligibility to contest the presidency.

Myanmar Than Daw Sint Journal, which published extracts from the petition showing the similarity in handwriting, said it was submitted to the joint parliamentary constitution review committee by a Pyithyu Hluttaw MP, U Aung Thein Lein (Union Solidarity and Development Party, South Okkalapa, Yangon Region).

A petition had caused disagreement in the committee over whether it could be accepted.

The constitution amendment implementation committee has been instructed by Parliamentary Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann to submit its recommendations at least six months ahead of the elections due in November 2015.

Link: http://mizzima.com/mizzima-news/myanmar/item/10927-charter-panel-to-disregard-petition-opposing-amendments